Then the bottom fell out.
The Princeton Rays scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to take a 5-3 victory over the Mets.
Grant Witherspoon’s three-run homer was the big blow for the Rays. That tied it up and they took the lead on Osmy Gregorio’s RBI triple. Pedro Diaz’s sacrifice fly provided an insurance run.
Mets starter Nate Peden scattered six hits through five scoreless innings. He struck out seven Princeton batters before turning it over to the bullpen.
Allan Winans worked two innings before Marbin Montijo (1-4) came in to start the eighth. Montijo wound up as the losing pitcher after giving up four runs without getting anybody out. The big inning began with a strikeout, but the Rays batter reached first when the ball got away from catcher Domingo Martinez.
The Mets got enough offense for a 3-0 lead, with an RBI single from Guillermo Granadillo, a sacrifice fly from Gavin Garay and a solo home run by Shervyen Newton, his third.
Newton was the only Mets player with two hits. Alberto Alvarez had three hits for Princeton.
The Mets’ next game is Saturday at Bristol. It will be Dale Murphy night at Boyce Cox Field. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.