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HR lifts Yankees past Miracle 6-5

August 6, 2013
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TAMPA - Peter O'Brien's two-run homer in the ninth inning provided a second consecutive walk-off win for the Tampa Yankees over the Fort Myers Miracle as the Yankees won 6-5 Monday night.

With a 5-4 lead, Miracle reliever Adrian Salcedo walked the lead off man, Rob Refsnyder, to begin the ninth. After Salcedo (5-2) got Ben Gamel to pop up on the infield, O'Brien hit a line drive on a 2-2 pitch that hugged the line before landing behind the left field fence for a two-run homer.

The Yankees scored four runs in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon to win 7-6.

In a game that featured three lead changes and seven errors, the Miracle finally surged ahead in the top of the sixth with the game tied 4-4. Stephen Wickens led off with a single into center field and advanced to second on a ground ball. Wickens then stole third base and trotted home on a throwing error by Yankee catcher Jeff Farnham.

In the fourth, the Miracle sent nine to the plate and scored four runs. Two runs came in on Yankee errors, but Matt Koch and Levi Michael each added RBI doubles. The Yankees answered in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of RBI hits from Ali Castillo and Rob Refsnyder.

Jason Wheeler started for the Miracle and went five innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Wheeler received a no decision. Jairo Heredia began the game for Tampa and gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits through five innings.

Charley Short improved to 4-1 with two scoreless innings in relief.

The Miracle (67-42, 22-20) have an off day Tuesday, but return to action Wednesday on the road at Charlotte Sports Park to take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:30 p.m.



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