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Miracle post rain-shortened win

July 1, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle defeated the St. Lucie Mets 4-1 in a rain shortened game Sunday at Hammond Stadium.

With the Miracle leading by three with one out in the bottom of the sixth, rain blew through Hammond Stadium for the second time and the game was cut short due to unplayable field conditions.

Jason Wheeler allowed four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. He struck out three and walked just one hitter.

Byron Buxton, in his second home game for the Miracle, was electric from the leadoff spot. The second overall pick from last year's draft went 3 for 3 with two singles, a double and three runs scored. He also stole a base and robbed Matt den Dekker of extra bases with leaping catch against the wall in center field.

Rainy Lara took the loss for the Mets. He gave up six hits and three runs over five innings.

The Miracle took a 1-0 lead in the first. Buxton singled to the right side and swiped second base. A single by Jhon Goncalves moved him the third, and Kennys Vargas drove him in with a double.

Buxton was at it again the third. He led off the frame with a single to center and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Aderling Mejia. Once again Vargas brought him in with a single to right to give the Miracle a 2-1 lead.

Buxton led off the fifth with a line drive double down the left field line. He scored easily when third baseman Dustin Lawley threw Mejia's second sacrifice bunt attempt wild into right field.

With the Miracle up 3-1, the game was halted for the first time with one out in the top of the sixth. When play resumed, Ryan O'Rourke relieved Jason Wheeler and got the final two outs of the frame.

The game was called for good when a large storm cell moved through the area and drenched the field to the point it was unplayable in the bottom of the inning.

The Miracle (50-27, 5-5) go for a three-game sweep of the Mets (41-37, 4-7) at 7:05 p.m. Monday.



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