PORT ST. LUCIE - The St. Lucie Mets launched four home runs and starter Tyler Pill shut down the Fort Myers Miracle in a 6-0 win Friday night in the opening game of a three-game weekend series.
The Miracle did not get off to a good start when an error by Levi Michael with the bases loaded allowed the Mets' first two runs to score. The Mets got base hits by Daniel Muno and Corey Vaughn with two outs off Miracle starter Matt Summers. The next hitter, Blake Forsythe, walked to load the bases.
Rafael Fernandez, the Mets' designated hitter, then hit a routine ground ball to short that was bobbled by Michael allowing Muno and Vaughn to score.
With a 2-0 lead, the Mets flexed muscle with three solo home runs off Summers in the third inning. Vaughn led off with his 18th homer of the season. After Forsythe struck out, Fernandez and Aderlin Rodriguez hit back-to-back solo homers to push the Mets lead to 5-0.
Rodriguez added another homer in the fifth inning off reliever Clint Dempster.
Pill (6-1) won his sixth consecutive start with 7 2/3 shutout innings. Holding the Miracle to just three hits, Pill struck out 10 and did not have multiple runners on base in an inning until the seventh.
Summers (1-2) lasted three innings giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits. Dempster pitched 3 1/3 innings and was touched for just one run.
The Miracle (47-63, 19-24) return to Digital Domain Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the second game with the Mets (69-41, 20-21).