Cory Vaughn hit the first Binghamton grand slam since 2011 on Wednesday night, and it was the decisive blow in the Mets' 9-4 win over the Akron Aeros at NYSEG Stadium, completing a three-game series sweep.
Vaughn's slam, his fifth homer of the year, highlighted a five-hit six-run outburst in the fifth inning off Akron starter Jordan Cooper (1-1). Nine batters came to the plate in the inning as the Mets (22-18) blew away an early 3-0 Akron lead. Josh Rodriguez and Cesar Puello had RBI hits preceding Vaughn's grand slam to left.
For good measure, the Mets added three more in the sixth off reliever Bryce Stowell to make it 9-3. Rodriguez and Puello again fueled the offense with Rodriguez knocking in another run and Puello two more. The Aeros helped by committing two errors, both by second baseman Jose Ramirez.
The Aeros (19-21) were swept in a series for the first time this year, and finished the road trip 3-4. They will host Erie in the start of a seven-game homestand on Friday night.
Akron took a 3-0 lead off starter Jake deGrom (1-4) in the third inning. After a double by Chun Chen and a single by Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief laced an RBI double to right to score Chen and make it 1-0. Bo Greenwell followed with a two run single to center to extend the lead to 3-0.
deGrom settled in after the third, and pitched well through the seventh inning to earn his first AA win.
The Aeros had leads in every game of the series, but failed to hold any of them. They are now 3-7 against the B-Mets, with three more games in the season series at Canal Park in August.
Chen's double extended his hitting streak to nine games. Aguilar was the only Aeros player with two hits as he went 2-4.
Following a day off on Thursday, the Aeros will open a seven-game homestand at Canal Park on Friday evening at 7:05. The first-place Erie SeaWolves will visit first in a three game series over the weekend. In the opener on Friday, RHP Victor Larez (5-0, 3.52) will start for Erie, while RHP Will Roberts (1-2, 5.00) will make the start for Akron.