Center fielder Jamie Johnson returned from a heel injury to help the Erie SeaWolves beat Binghamton 5-3 Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park.
Johnson, who sat out the SeaWolves’ previous three games, had two hits and scored twice in his return to the lineup. He was one of four players with two hits for Erie, which evened its record at 36-36.
Niuman Romero, Nick Castellanos and James McCann were the others. Castellanos launched a solo home run off Mets starter Greg Peavey in the bottom of the fourth inning.
– Mike Copper
Juan Lagares, Reese Havens, Eric Campbell and Pedro Zapata each had two hits for the Mets, who slumped to 34-38.
Closer Bruce Rondon clinched the game for Erie with his second save in an many Double-A appearances. Rondon reached 99 mph on at least two of his ninth-inning fastballs.
Before the game, Erie experienced the fourth retirement of a current or former player from the 2012 team when reliever Zach Samuels called it a career. Samuels followed fellow pitchers Austin Wood (last Thursday) and Mark Sorensen (June 6), and outfielder Brent Wyatt (April 27).
The Detroit Tigers signed free agent Cesar Carrillo, 28, to take Samuels’ roster spot. Carrillo, a right-hander, was the San Diego Padres first-round pick in the 2005 amateur draft.