The Fort Myers Miracle offense came alive by scoring four runs in the eighth inning as the Miracle claimed a 5-2 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays Sunday at Hammond Stadium.
Joe Benson's two-run single off of Dustin Antolin with one out in the eighth scored Daniel Santana and Levi Michael to put Fort Myers up 3-2. Lance Ray added a pair of insurance runs with his own two-run single against Antolin later in the frame to make it 5-2.
Michael Tonkin pitched around a lead off walk in the ninth to get the save. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Miracle.
Rene Tosoni scored the other Miracle run when he bashed a solo home run in the fourth that tied the game 1-1.
The loss for the Blue Jays spoiled a terrific start from Jesse Hernandez. The only hit and run he allowed in six innings was Tosoni's homer. He struck out six.
Tom Stuifbergen gave the Miracle a solid start. He allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3.
Jose Gonzalez got the win by pitching 2 2/3 of perfect relief. He retired all eight batters he faced.
Dunedin took a 1-0 lead in the third when Jon Berti led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by Jonathan Jones.
Tosoni's homer made it 1-1, and the tie game held until the sixth when the Blue Jays tagged Stuifbergen for three hits and a run. Ryan Schrimpf led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out. He broke the tie when Oliver Dominguez singled him home to make it 2-1.
Gonzalez pitched out of the jam in the sixth by striking out Jack Murphy, and Lance Ray made a sliding catch in left for the final out on a ball hit by Marcus Knecht.
Ray and Tosoni each had two-hit games for Fort Myers.
The Miracle (39-52, 11-13) and Blue Jays (52-39, 10-14) meet again on Monday at 7:05 p.m.