The Lakeland Tigers completed a four-game sweep of the Fort Myers Miracle by roaring back from a seven-run deficit to defeat the Miracle 10-9 Monday at Hammond Stadium.
The Miracle took an 8-1 lead by scoring six in the bottom of the fifth, but the Tigers chipped away by scoring two in the sixth and one run in the seventh and eighth.
Trailing 8-5 entering the ninth, the Flying Tigers roughed up Corey Williams for five runs on five hits. Jason Krizan grounded out to start the frame, but Devon Travis singled and scored on another base hit by Aaron Westlake. Francisco Martinez followed with a third consecutive single and Steven Moya walked to load the bases.
Jeff McVaney tied the game 8-8 with a two-run double. Corey Jones then broke the tie with a two-run single to right field to put the Tigers ahead 10-8.
The Miracle scored a run in the ninth and Evan Bigley delivered a two-out double, but Jose Valdez struck out Kennys Vargas to end the game and strand the tying run on second.
Andy Leer went 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBI and Kyle Davies pitched 6 2/3 effective innings but it wasn't enough.
In a scoreless game in the second, Tigers starter Chad Green walked the bases load and was yanked. Leer greeted reliever Nick Avila with a two-run single to left to put Fort Myers on top 2-0.
Corey Jones cut the lead in half with a solo home run off of Davies in the top of the fifth, but the Miracle responded with six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the frame.
Michael Kvasnicka singled home two runs with the bases loaded to make it 4-1. After Avila threw a wild pitch that allowed Jhon Goncalves to score, he reloaded the bases by walking Stephen Wickens. Leer followed with a double down the left field line to score two. Levi Michael drove in the final run of the inning on a ground out.
The Miracle sent 12 men to the plate in the inning and left with an 8-1 lead.
Davies scattered eight hits and four runs in his 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Adrian Salcedo relieved Davies in the seventh and stranded runners and second and third with the score 8-4 when he fielded come backer from Francisco Martinez.
Steven Moya, who went 10-for-18 in the four-game series, blasted a solo homer off Salcedo in the eighth to make it 8-5. Williams was unable to close the game in the ninth and took the loss.
Joshua Carr earned the win by holding the Miracle to one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Jose Valdez got the save.
Byron Buxton, in his first game back since playing in the Futures Game Sunday in New York City, went 2-for-5 with two singles and a strikeout from the leadoff spot.
The Miracle enjoy Tuesday off before embarking on an eight-game road trip to Dunedin and Brevard County beginning Wednesday.