PORT ST. LUCIE - The Fort Myers Miracle blasted six home runs, including four in the fourth inning, and piled up 17 hits in a 14-2 win over the St. Lucie Mets Friday night.
Leading 2-1 going into the fourth inning, the Miracle offense unloaded on St. Lucie starter Angel Cuan for nine runs on eight hits. Matt Koch led off with a solo home run over the left field fence, his first of the season. After a Michael Gonzales single, Kennys Vargas launched his third home run of the season to left field to put the Miracle on top 5-1.
Fort Myers continued the onslaught with three consecutive base hits from Andy Leer, A.J. Pettersen and Angel Morales. The single into left by Morales scored Leer. With two on and one out, Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer to deep right field that chased Cuan (2-1) from the game.
Estarlin Morel entered as the new pitcher for St. Lucie. After striking out Miguel Sano, Morel walked Koch and Gonzales followed with the fourth Miracle home run of the inning to give Fort Myers an 11-1 lead.
In the ninth inning, Gonzales added his second home run of the game with a two-run homer. Gonzales' homer marked the sixth of the evening for Fort Myers and he becomes the first Miracle player with a multi-homer game in 2013. Gonzales finished the evening 3-for-4 with four RBI.
The offense started early for the Miracle when Pettersen led off the game with a solo homer. Pettersen then added an RBI single in the second to give Fort Myers a 2-0 advantage.
Miracle starter D.J. Baxendale was dominant through seven innings. The only Mets' run on Baxendale was a solo homer from Travis Taijeron in the second. Baxendale (2-0) scattered four hits in seven innings with just one run allowed, four strikeouts and no walks. Baxendale's earned run average in three starts is 1.04.
Offensively, the Miracle had five in the lineup with multiple hits. Pettersen finished 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Rosario was 4-for-5 with a homer, four batted in and a run. Leer finished 3-for-5 with a double and touched home plate twice.
The Miracle (14-1) wrap up a three-game series against the Mets (9-6) looking for a sweep Saturday night.