The York Revolution battered the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Clipper Magazine Stadium, pulling into a tie with the Barnstormers for first place in the Atlantic League Freedom Division's second-half standings.
The Revs now lead this season's War of the Roses series 9-5 and will look to clinch the right to retain the Community Cup with a win when the series continues Monday night.
The Revs took advantage of a strong effort from starter Jorge Martinez (5-4), who allowed one unearned run on four hits in seven innings, which tied a season-high. The righty walked one and struck out a season-best seven.
Offensively, the Revs jumped ahead, rallying for three runs in the top of the second inning, tallying five hits in the bat-around frame. Chad Tracy led off with a bloop hit to right and Travis Garcia followed with a single to left. After a fielder's choice placed runners at the corners, Tracy came home on a wild pitch for the game's first run. Ofilio Castro followed with an RBI single up the middle, before base hits from Salvador Paniagua and Sean Smith loaded the bases. Justin Greene then drew a bases-loaded walk to force in another run, making it 3-0.
The onslaught continued in the fourth when the Revs strung together a two-out rally for two more runs. Greene kept the inning alive with a single to right field. Tim Battle then bunted his way on base with a hit and Eric Patterson cracked a two-run double to deep right for his league-leading 45th extra-base hit of the season, increasing the lead to 5-0.
The Revs knocked Lancaster starter Mark Rogers from the game an inning later, scoring twice more. Garcia worked a leadoff walk to start things and Bryant Nelson followed with a double off the base of the fence in right-center. With one out, Paniagua singled to right-center, plating both runners for a 7-0 lead, ending the afternoon for Rogers (3-5), who was charged with seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.
Lancaster got on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, but that was the only damage done against Martinez.
York rang up two more runs in the eighth. A triple to right by Greene got things started and Tim Battle followed with an RBI single to right, before advancing to third on an error by right-fielder Ben Francisco. Patterson added a sacrifice fly to center, giving the Revs a 9-1 lead. It was Patterson's third RBI of the day, tying him with teammate Chad Tracy for the team lead with 60 RBIs, third-most in the league.
The Barnstormers scored their final run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout by Juan Apodaca.
York's offense pounded 14 hits and every batter had at least one hit. Eight of the nine scored or drove in a run.
Nelson went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, his eighth multi-hit game and third three-hit game in 14 contests since joining the Revs. Greene, Battle and Paniagua each enjoyed two-hit days, with Greene raising his league-best batting average to .384, having hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
The Revs have won eight of their last 11, tying a season-high at 15 games over .500 with a 51-36 overall record.
York righty Corey Thurman (5-3, 3.72) will face Lancaster southpaw Dan Osterbrock (7-2, 3.75) at 7 Monday night. Thurman will be going for his 62nd career win with the Revs, which would tie him with Lincoln Mikkelsen for the second most in Atlantic League history.