The York Revolution finished its eight-game homestand Thursday with a 6-1 win over Somerset in the series finale against the Patriots that began at 11 a.m. in front of 5,007 fans for Baseball in Education Day at Santander Stadium.
The Revs went 7-1 on the homestand and improved to 21-13 overall, remaining in first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division. York took two of the three games from Somerset, which still has the league's best winning percentage (.636) despite dropping to 21-12. York has now won 11 of its last 14 and 13 of its last 18 games. The Revs will next hit the road for a seven-game trip, beginning with three at Southern Maryland this weekend.
The Revs opened Thursday's scoring early against Patriots starter Matt Zielinski, who entered the day with the Atlantic League's lowest ERA. York plated a pair runs in the first inning on an RBI single from Eric Patterson and an RBI double by Johan Limonta. The Revs added two more runs in the second inning, this time unearned after a leadoff error, with Ofilio Castro getting an RBI single to left-center and Limonta driving in another run on a base hit to right.
Revs outfielder Jason Repko hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning and teammate Sean Smith hit his third homer of the year in the sixth.
Zielinski (3-1) took the loss, charged with six runs (four earned) on 12 hits in six innings. He had previously allowed only five combined runs in his first four starts.
Making his second start of the season for the Revs, right-handed pitcher Matt Neil took the mound on just three days rest and went 4.1 innings, allowing just a run.
York reliever Beau Vaughan (2-1) picked up the win in relief with 1.2 innings, while Mark Hendrickson, Stephen Penney and Julio DePaula each worked scoreless frames to close it out. York's bullpen lowered its ERA to 0.66 over the last 15 games (40.2 innings, three earned runs).
Notes: The game was delayed 26 minutes because of rain the middle of the seventh. ... Thursday's win improved York's record to 17-12 in May, tying the club record for most wins in the month. ... The game was the 499th regular-season contest in the history of Santander Stadium. ... It was the fourth time in seven openings on the homestand that more than 5,000 fans were in attendance. ... Smith stole his league-leading 15th base in the second inning. ... Leadoff hitter Justin Greene (4-for-5) is now 15-for-31 (.484) at the plate since joining the team last week. ... Limonta reclaimed the league lead in RBIs (33). ... The Revs will send lefty Chris Cody (3-1, 4.40 ERA) to the mound in their series opener at Southern Maryland on Friday night.