The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pulled away late when the makings of a comeback attempt ended up foiled for the York Revolution in a 10-5 loss at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Md., on Tuesday evening.
Southern Maryland pulled even with York, creating a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division's second-half standings, where four teams are separated by just half a game. York will look to even the series on Wednesday night, with two games remaining on the current road trip.
The Blue Crabs scored the game's first run on an RBI single to center by Steve Moss with two outs in the first inning. Revs starter Scott Gorgen then faced the minimum over his next nine hitters, before C.J. Ziegler lined a solo home run to left in the fourth, increasing the Blue Crabs lead to 2-0.
After stranding five runners in the first four innings, the Revs offense broke through when Travis Garcia lined a two-run single to left field with two outs in the fifth, tying the game at 2-2.
Southern Maryland wasted no time in reclaiming the lead, as Luke Murton connected on a home run to left leading off the bottom of the fifth, as the Blue Crabs went back ahead, 3-2.
Southern Maryland cushioned its lead with three runs in the sixth, all with two outs. Amadeo Zazueta chipped a grounder through the right side for an RBI single to plate the first run, and Bobby Stevens followed with the big hit, a two-run double to left-center to give the home team a 6-2 advantage.
The Revs clawed right back within a run in the top of the seventh. Justin Greene drew a leadoff walk and scored later in the inning on a throwing error by Stevens at shortstop, attempting a double play turn. Garcia then crushed a two-run homer to left, pulling the Revs within 6-5.
The three-run spurt brought the Revs as close as they would get, however, as Southern Maryland rallied to score four times thanks to five hits in the bottom of the seventh inning, putting the game out of reach and providing the final margin. Impressively through 116 games, it marked the first time all season the Revs have allowed double figures in runs. They had previously allowed a season high of nine runs in a game just three times.
Garcia led the York offense in defeat, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a season-best four RBIs.
Blue Crabs starter Jake Brown (6-2) picked up the win, giving up just two unearned runs over five innings.
Gorgen (5-8) suffered the loss, charged with three runs in five innings. It marked his first loss since July 12, having gone unbeaten over his previous seven starts.
The Revs and Blue Crabs are both tied for first place along with Sugar Land at 25-21 in the second half. Lancaster sits just half a game back, as the Revs were the only Freedom Division team to lose on Tuesday night.
York falls to 7-11 against Southern Maryland this season and just 2-6 at Regency Furniture Stadium where they will square off twice more. The Revs will send lefty Alain Quijano (10-6, 4.02) to the hill on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., opposite Southern Maryland right-hander Mickey Jannis (2-0, 1.78).