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Douglass Newton

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds romped the Savannah Sand Gnats on a rain-soaked Tuesday evening at Grayson Stadium. Delmarva blitzed the Gnats in a seven-run second inning, building a 12-0 lead before the game was called due to rain after five innings.

The Shorebirds capitalized on a few crucial errors committed by the Savannah defense. In the second, the scoring started with a sacrifice fly by Jonah Heim. The lead would have been just 1-0, but a throwing error by Pedro Perez with two outs kept the rally alive. Alex Murphy drew a bases loaded walk for his 20th RBI of the season, most in the South Atlantic League.

Conor Bierfeldt kept the inning going with a flare single to right field, clearing the bases. Jomar Reyes lifted a deep fly ball to right-center that fell out of the glove of Wuilmer Becerra for another unearned run. Of the seven runs scored in the second, only one was earned to starter Scarlyn Reyes.

The onslaught continued in the third and fourth innings. Heim ripped an RBI single to center to score Jared Breen in the third. Four doubles in the fourth created four more runs with the help of another dropped fly ball in right field.

Matthew Grimes tossed a gem in the rain-shortened contest, pitching five shutout innings. The tall right-hander allowed just one hit and one walk, and he set a new career-high with 11 strikeouts. The 11 Ks are the most by a Shorebirds’ pitcher since Parker Bridwell struck out 14 batters back on August 16, 2013 vs. Lakewood.

Heim went 2-for-2 with a run scored and three RBIs to lead Delmarva offensively. Delmarva as a team collected five doubles, their most in a single game this year. Grimes earned his first win as a Shorebird, while Reyes fell to 0-3 in three starts for Savannah.

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Doug Rafterty

FREDERICK, Md. – The Keys had the tying run at third base in the seventh and ninth frames, but couldn’t even it up, eventually falling 4-3 to the Salem Red Sox on Tuesday night. Keys starter Luis Gonzalez struggled with command early, allowing three first inning runs, and the Red Sox bullpen tossed five innings of shutout baseball to take the first game of three.

In the bottom of the first, Gonzalez walked Manuel Margot, Cole Sturgeon, and Sam Travis to begin the inning. The fifth batter of the frame, Aneury Tavarez, drilled a ball into the left-center alley for a bases-clearing triple and 3-0 Salem advantage. Gonzalez would settle down and allow just one more free pass in five innings of work.

In the third, Gonzalez committed an error that would end up leading to the game-winning run. After Sturgeon and Travis knocked back-to-back singles to begin the inning, Sturgeon took off for third base while Jake Romanski was at the plate. Gonzalez stepped off and attempted a pick-off at third, however his throw was wild and down the left field line. Sturgeon scored and Salem led 4-0.

The Keys would respond with a three-run inning of their own in the top of the fourth. Against Salem starter Jake Dahlstrand, who entered with the third-best ERA in the Carolina League at 0.95, Brenden Webb, Tucker Nathans, and Austin Wynns all reached to load the bases. Anthony Caronia and Gregory Lorenzo knocked in a run each with a fielder’s choice to make it 4-2. Johnny Ruettiger doubled to right field to score Lorenzo, however Ruettiger was thrown out trying to extend it into a triple and put an end to the threat, keeping the score 4-3.

The Keys had chances in the seventh and ninth innings against Salem relievers. Ruettiger reached third base against Jorge Marban, however was stranded there after Trey Mancini grounded out with two away. In the ninth, Caronia singled against Joe Gunkel and got to third base, however Adrian Marin’s long fly out to center gave the first game to the Red Sox.

Marban received his first win at Class-A Advanced (1-1), while Gonzalez took the loss (1-2). Joe Gunkel picked up the save (2).

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Adam Pohl

Sean Halton doubled home a run in his first at-bat as a part of a big afternoon as the Baysox right-fielder went 3-for-3 with two RBI's in an 8-2 Baysox win. The victory was Bowie's tenth of the year as they will try to sweep Erie on Wednesday afternoon.

With the game tied at 1-apiece in the fourth inning, Halton singled to lead off the frame. He then went from first to third base on a single to right field by DH Chris O'Brien. Halton would score a batter later on a fielder's choice groundout by Jason Esposito. Bowie led 2-1.

The Baysox then scored three times in the fifth inning. SS Ozzie Martinex walked, LF Mike Yastrzemski singled to left and a slow groundball double with the infield playing for the bunt from CF Glynn Davis adfvanced the lead to 3-1. Two batters later after a groundout and a sacrifice fly, it was 5-1 Bowie.

On the hill the Baysox got a strong effort from Branden Kline (2-1), who battled through a 30-pitch first inning to get through five innings of work. Mychal Givens then shut the door with three dominant innings striking out six batters. RHP Kenn Kasparek worked a scoreless ninth inning striking out the side to finish the game.

The Baysox 15-hit total was their highest in a nine-inning game. O'Brien's two-hit effort extended his tea-high hit streak to eight games. 1B Brandon Snyder returned to the Baysox lineup for the first time since 2009. Snyder was 0-for-5 in his return to the Orioles organization.

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Ian Locke

Zach Davies and two relievers combined to blank the Buffalo Bisons 1-0 Tuesday night from Coca-Cola Field.

Davies, the 5th-youngest player in the International League, held the Bisons scoreless over 6.2 innings of work as he lowered his ERA to 1.25 over four starts this season. The 22-year-old yielded five hits and one walk while striking out five but did not factor in the decision after departing with the game still scoreless.

Norfolk finally pushed across the game's only run in the ninth frame, as Paul Janish began the rally with a one-out single before moving to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Janish came around to score on a two-out single to right field by Chris Parmelee. Parmelee, who upped his hitting streak to five games with a two-hit night, leads Norfolk with 14 RBI this season.

Pedro Beato (2-0) earned the win for the Tides, who blanked the Bisons for the second straight night after a 3-0 win Monday.

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