The Bowie Baysox (12-11) moved back above .500 with a 5-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves (10-12) on Monday night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
Bowie starter David Hess (3-1) surrendered two runs on nine hits while fanning a career-high eight batters in 7.0 IP. Hess had previously struck out eight on September 6, 2015 at Erie. Making his season debut for the Baysox, LHP Tim Berry (2.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K) got the final six outs to notch his first career save.
Trailing 5-2, Erie had runners at first and second with nobody out in the ninth, but Berry got Jeff McVaney to ground into a 5-3 double play on a beautiful play by 3B Jeff Kemp and fanned Zack Cox to end the game.
The eight strikeouts from Hess also tied a season-high for Baysox pitchers.
The Baysox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first as DJ Stewart led off with a single, advanced to second on an error charged to Erie LF Christin Stewart, stole third and scored on Austin Wynns’ sac fly.
In the home half of the second, Garabez Rosa delivered a solo shot off of SeaWolves starter Tyler Alexanderand back-to-back doubles from Adrian Marin and Kemp extended the lead to 3-0 for the hosts through two innings. The home run was Rosa’s third of the year.
Erie cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the fourth as Cox led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Dominic Ficociello’s RBI single.
Alexander (1-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while fanning a pair over seven innings of work.
McVaney’s RBI single in the top of the fifth brought the Seawolves within 3-2.
Erick Salcedo’s solo shot in the home half of the frame extended the lead back to 4-2 for the Baysox. The home run was Salcedo’s second of the year.
In the bottom of the eighth, Stewart (3-4, HR, RBI, 2 R, SB) delivered his team-leading fifth home run of the season with a solo blast off of RHP Ruben Alaniz (1.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, 2 K) to give the Baysox a 5-2 advantage.
Rosa (2-4, HR, RBI, R) and Wynns (2-3, RBI) also had a multi-hit game for manager Gary Kendall’s squad.
The series continues on Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. as LHP Tanner Scott (0-0, 2.25) will be on the bump for the Baysox against Erie RHP Artie Lewicki (1-1, 6.32).