BRADENTON - The Fort Myers Miracle scored five runs in the top of the ninth to force extra innings, but lost 6-5 to the Bradenton Marauders Wednesday night.
Down 5-0, the Miracle started a rally with a leadoff single by Lance Ray off Bradenton reliever Robby Rowland. Mike Gonzales followed with a double to left to put runners on first and third. Rowland (3-7) struck out Travis Harrison, but allowed a run to score on a RBI ground out to first by Max Kepler.
With two outs and one on, Adam Brett Walker hit a tape measure home run to deep right field The two-run homer, Walker's FSL-leading 16th of the season, cut the lead to 5-3. Stuart Turner kept the rally going with a single up the middle. Then, Dalton Hicks launched a second two-run homer of the inning off Rowland.
Miracle reliever Tyler Jones held the Marauders scoreless in the ninth to force extra innings and Rowland did not allow a Miracle run in the top of the 10th.
In the bottom of the 10th, Jordan Sterenka led off with a ground-rule double down the left field line. Eric Wood put down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error by Jones (1-2) pulled Hicks off the bag at first. Jones got Walker Gourley to line out softly to second for the first out. Then, on a 1-0 pitch, Raul Fortunato hit a one-hop squibber to second. Goodrum's throw could not get Steranka barreling home and the Marauders walked off with a 6-5 victory.
Despite allowing five runs in the ninth, Rowland picked up the win.
The Miracle (48-33, 7-5) will try to salvage the final game of the series with Bradenton (43-39, 8-5) Thursday at 6:30 p.m.