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Buxton powers Miracle's 7-3 win

July 27, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Byron Buxton belted two triples and Aderling Mejia extended his hitting streak to 14 games as the Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Clearwater Threshers 7-3 Friday night at Hammond Stadium.

The Miracle jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Nick Hernandez in the second with a pair of extra base hits. Levi Michael doubled home Matt Koch and Buxton followed with a two-run triple, his fourth since arriving in Fort Myers.

Aaron Altherr hit a solo home run off of Miracle starter Jason Wheeler in the fourth, but the Miracle responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-1 lead when Andy Leer doubled to plate J.D. Williams.

In the fifth, Jhon Goncalves singled, stole second, stole third and trotted home when catcher Logan Moore's throw to the third base bag sailed into left field. Williams later belted an RBI double that chased Hernandez and put the Miracle on top 6-1.

Wheeler hit a batter and gave up three straight hits and two runs to start the top of the sixth. Nelvin Fuentes was called out of the bullpen and retired the next three batters to get out of the inning with a 6-3 lead. He went on to pitch a scoreless seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Buxton smashed a pitch from Colton Murray deep to right-center field and trotted into third with his second triple. That gave Mejia, who was 0 for 4, a chance to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Mejia didn't waste any time, sending Murray's first offering into center field for a run-scoring single.

Mejia's 14-game hitting streak ties Michael for the longest hitting streak by a Miracle player this season.

Wheeler gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings to earn the win.

Hernandez took the loss. He lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits.

Tyler Jones pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game and pick up his second save since joining the Miracle on July 16.

The Miracle (63-37, 18-15) have won eight of their last 10 games and host the Threshers (50-50, 15-17) again at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.



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