FORT MYERS - The Fort Myers Miracle scored five runs in the first three innings and survived a sloppy game to beat the Daytona Cubs 5-2 on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.
The Miracle committed two errors, threw a wild pitch that scored a run and struck out 14 times at the plate but were able to build an early lead and hold on for their 11th win in 14 games.
Matt Koch scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the second inning from Cubs starter Zach Cates. Later in the frame, Stephen Wickens doubled home Mike Kvasnicka, who reached on a walk.
J.D. Williams singled to lead off the third and scored on a wild pitch from Kyler Burke after advancing to third. Jhon Goncalves provided the big blow in the inning, belting a two-run triple deep to left field to put the Miracle on top 5-0.
Miracle starter Matt Summers labored through four innings. He shut the Cubs out, but he threw 97 pitches and walked four batters. He was able to strand the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. Summers has allowed just one earned run in his last 35 2/3 innings.
The Cubs got on the board against Corey Williams in the fifth. Anthony Giansanti blasted his first home run of the year, a solo shot, to begin the frame. Williams threw a wild pitch that allowed Taiwan Easterling to score in the sixth to cut the Miracle lead to 5-2.
Chad Rodgers settled the pitching staff down by retiring all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth. He was credited with the win.
Tyler Jones pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn his third save.
Dayan Diaz struck out seven for the Cubs in three scoreless innings of relief work.
The Miracle (66-28, 21-16) will go for the series victory over the Cubs (55-45, 20-14) when the teams meet again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium.