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Eddie Gamboa pitched six innings and allowed a run on three hits with two walks. He struck out three and became the Orioles Hangout player of the night.

Tides [AAA] Lost 2 to 1

Michael Almanzar collected two hits.

Baysox [AA] Won 13 to 3

Dylan Bundy pitched three perfect innings with five strikeouts

Mike Zastrzemski and Garabez Rosa each had three hits and a double.

Chris O'Brien and Brandon Snider homered.

Keys [A+] Won 7 to 1

Trey Mancini, Adrian Marin, Brenden Webb and Austin Wynns each had two hits.

Jarrett Miller pitched five innings and allowed no runs.

Shorebirds [A] Lost 7 to 5

Alex Murphy had two hits with a double.

Sebastian Vader allowed two runs in six innings.

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Douglass Newton

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Delmarva Shorebirds lost 7-5 on Wednesday night in Savannah, as the Sand Gnats rallied with four runs in the seventh inning. The defeat evens the series and forces a rubber match on Thursday evening.

Sebastian Vader kept his streak of quality starts going, surrendering two runs in six innings of work. The runs came off a bases loaded walk in the second inning, and a double play in the third inning.

Delmarva battled back with four unanswered runs to take a 4-2 lead. In the fourth, Conor Bierfeldt laced a two-run single to tie the game. The Shorebirds took the lead on an RBI double by Alex Murphy, collecting his league-high 21st RBI of the season. Delmarva added to their lead with an RBI grounder by Jonah Heim, leading 4-2 at the seventh inning stretch.

In the bottom of the seventh, Savannah mounted their comeback. The Sand Gnats took advantage of four walks issued by reliever Nick Cunningham, tying the game on a two-run double by John Mora. Garrett Cortright came out of the bullpen with the bases loaded and one out in a 4-4 tie. The Shorebirds’ reliever induced two ground balls, but they developed too slowly for an inning-ending double play, bring home two more runs.

Tacking on another run in the eighth, the Sand Gnats took a 7-4 lead into the ninth. The Shorebirds scored one run on an RBI single by Jared Breen. Shane Bay locked down his second save with a strikeout of Jay Gonzalez. Josh Smoker (1-0) earned the win for Savannah, while Cunningham (1-3) took the loss for Delmarva.

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Norfolk Tides

The Buffalo Bisons pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Tides 2-1 Wednesday night.

With the score knotted at 1-1, Caleb Gindl opened the eighth inning by reaching on a two-base error by left fielder Chris Parmelee. After a bunt single by Eziquel Carrera put runners on first and third, Michael Bowden (1-1) retired Andy Burns on a popout for the first out of the frame. During the next at-bat Tides catcher Rossmel Perez couldn't handle a pitch from Bowden, and Gindl scored from third on the passed ball to give the Bisons the lead.

Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa turned in his best outing of the season, as he allowed one run on three hits and two walks over six innings of work. Gamboa struck out three while throwing 54 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

The Tides got their only run of the contest in the second inning, as Michael Almanzar, Sharlon Schoop and Paul Janish connected on consecutive two-out singles. Janish's RBI hit extended his season-high hitting streak to six games.

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Bowie Baysox

Erie, Pa. - The Baysox scored four runs in the first inning and had tallied seven runs by the end of the third inning on the way to a 13-3 win and three-game series sweep of the Erie SeaWolves Wednesday afternoon. The three-game road sweep is the first by the Baysox since June 16-18, 2014 at Trenton. Bowie's offense exploded for season-highs in runs, hits (17) and margin of victory (10 runs).

Baysox starter Dylan Bundy exited the game after pitching his allotted three innings. He threw three perfect frames and struck out five batters before being replaced by reliever Ashur Tolliver in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tolliver threw three innings and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out two. Bobby Bundy threw two innings and allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out two. Reliever Ben Rowen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish out the game.

The Baysox continued a trend of quick starts with four runs in the top of the first inning against Erie starter Chad Green. The first four batters of the inning reached base with Mike Yastrzemski singling, Garabez Rosa and Sean Halton doubling and Brandon Snyder drawing a walk. With one out, Quincy Latimore walked to load the bases and Jason Esposito followed with an RBI single to left field. Derrik Gibson brought home the final run of the inning on an RBI groundout to give the Baysox a big lead.

Bowie added to the lead in the top of the second inning with some help from Brandon Snyder. The first baseman picked up his first hit with the Baysox since 2009 - a two-run homer to right-center field to put the Baysox up 6-0. The home run was the Baysox first since April 21.

The Baysox tacked on another run in the top of the third inning before running Green from the game. Latimore hit a lead-off double to center field and scored on a two-out Yastrzemski single to left field to make the score 7-0.

The SeaWolves got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning against Tolliver. Wynton Bernard hit a lead-off single to center field and Brendan Harris followed with a walk before Corey Jones brought them both home with a double to right field to make the score 7-2.

Bowie blew the game open in the top of the seventh inning with six more runs, the first four coming off Erie reliever Joe Mantiply. Seven of the first eight batters reached base to start the inning, with the only out being a sacrifice fly by Halton. Chris O'Brien capped off the scoring with a three-run homer off Erie reliever Brennan Smith to put the Baysox out front 13-2.

Erie got one run back in the bottom half of the inning against Bobby Bundy. Jeff McVaney and Miguel Gonzalez each drew one-out walks and Connor Harrell then brought McVaney home with an infield single to make the score 13-3.

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Frederick Keys

FREDERICK, Md. - Jarett Miller tossed five innings of shutout baseball to earn his first win of the season and Austin Wynns and Tucker Nathans each knocked in two RBI's to give the Keys a 7-1 win over Salem on Wednesday afternoon. The Keys came two outs shy of recording their second shutout of the season.

Frederick (12-8) would jump on Salem starter Trey Ball in the second. Trey Mancini drove a ball to right field that Aneury Tavarez dove for, but it hit off his glove and Mancini ended up at third for a triple. One batter later, Tucker Nathans grounded out to score Mancini and the Keys had a lead they would never relinquish.

In the third, Gregory Lorenzo was hit by a pitch by Ball, Johnny Ruettiger placed a sacrifice bunt down, and Adrian Marin sent a single to the outfield to score Lorenzo for a 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Miller was cruising for the first three innings, throwing just 32 pitches and facing one over the minimum.

Miller would run into potential trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Keys had given him a cushion to work with. With Anthony Hewitt and Brenden Webb in scoring position in the top of the fourth, Wynns singled them both home to grab a 4-0 lead.

Salem put runners on the corners in the fourth with one out and two in scoring position in the fifth with two outs, but Miller was able to lock it down. In the fourth, he struck out the side, and in the next inning, he got Forrestt Allday to fly out to left field with Jordan Weems and Manuel Margot on second and third.

Miller went five innings, gave up three hits, walked three, and struck out a season-high six. Austin Urban relieved him and tossed three scoreless innings, and the Keys added more runs with him in the game. In the eighth, Nathans stepped in with Drew Dosch aboard after a leadoff walk and blasted a two-run shot off German Taveras to make it 6-0. In the ninth, Lorenzo bounced out for an RBI to score Wynns.

Nik Nowottnick came in for the ninth and served up a one out solo home run to Mario Martinez, but that was the only offense Salem could manufacture.

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Norfolk has an awesome pen. Guys like SJ, Drake, Jones, McCoy could all get looks at some point this season. What's the deal with Chris Jones. I remember we got him from the Braves for Ayala. At the time he was supposed to be a power lefty. What's his stuff like? He's got almost 200 IP in AAA with pretty good numbers. Surprised with him being a lefty that he actually re signed with us this offseason.

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