Robert Gsellman was outstanding for five innings, and 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto hit his second home run of the season as St. Lucie, the Mets' Single-A advanced affiliate, beat Brevard County, 9-3, on Wednesday.

Gsellman, a 21-year-old righthander, allowed three hits, one walk and one run, striking out seven and picking off a runner. He recorded six grounders and improved to 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

Conforto, drafted 10th overall by the Mets, was 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks. The leftfielder spent last season with Single-A short season Brooklyn, skipped Single-A Savannah and went straight to Single-A Advanced St. Lucie this year. In seven games, he's walked six times and has three strikeouts. Conforto's hitting .292 with a .433 on-base percentage and .583 slugging percentage.

Centerfielder Champ Stuart was 2-for-2 with three walks, and designated hitter Maikis De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk.

Dominating reliever Akeel Morris struck out four and walked one in two hitless innings to close the door for St. Lucie (4-3).

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Matt Bowman fell to 0-2 for Las Vegas but continued to show encouraging signs in a 4-3 loss to Sacramento. The righthander allowed six hits, one walk and four runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three. He threw only 74 pitches, 48 for strikes, and recorded 10 groundball outs.

Bowman allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Jarrett Parker in the fourth, and following a hitless fifth inning, began the sixth by hitting a batter, getting a grounder and allowing a single. Lefthander Scott Rice relieved Bowman and allowed both inherited runners to score.

Bowman also went 1-for-3 at the plate.

Second baseman Dilson Herrera was 2-for-5 with a run scored, shortstop Matt Reynolds was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and catcher Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-4 with a triple.

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Leftfielder Jayce Boyd was 2-for-4 with a double, and third baseman Dustin Lawley went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk but the Mets fell to Erie, 5-1.


The game was postponed by rain.