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Miracle snap skid with 7-3 win

August 10, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs Friday at Hammond Stadium.

Taylor Rogers allowed just one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. He struck out seven.

At the plate, Kennys Vargas went 4-for-5 with four singles, four RBIs and two runs scored.

The Miracle roughed up Stone Crabs starter Alex Cobb for three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cobb was making a rehab start for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Vargas yanked a Cobb fastball into right field with two outs in the first to plate Stephen Wickens and give the Miracle a 1-0 lead. Vargas was at it again in the third when he singled home Byron Buxton with a base hit up the middle.

Later in the third J.D. Williams drew a two-out, bases loaded walk against Cobb to bring home Vargas to make it 3-0.

Mike Kvasnicka drove home Vargas with a sac fly in the fifth, and a two-out single by Wickens in the sixth scored Levi Michael to put the Miracle comfortably ahead 5-0.

The Stone Crabs finally got on the board against Rogers in the seventh. Alejandro Segovia doubled to lead of the frame and later scored on a single by Hector Guevara which chased Rogers.

Corey Williams entered and gave up a single to Jonathan Quinonez to load the bases. However, Michael bailed the Miracle out by making a sliding stop at second on a ground ball from Luke Bailey and starting a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.

Williams pitched a scoreless eighth and Vargas added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single that made it 7-1.

Williams gave up a solo homer to Richie Shaffer in the ninth and Guevara delivered an RBI double to cut the Crabs' deficit to 7-3. Williams recovered to get two outs but was lifted after he plunked Kes Carter. Tyler Jones came in and struck out Willy Argo with the tying run on deck to end the game. It was Jones' fourth save of the season.

Matt Koch went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

The Miracle (68-43, 23-21) will hit the road for seven straight games starting Saturday at the Jupiter Hammerheads.



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