The York Revolution defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 4-1 on Tuesday evening at Santander Stadium in a standalone contest to kick off a seven-game homestand.
With the win, the Revs clinched outright victory in the 2014 War of the Roses series, now leading the head-to-head set, 11-6, against their cross-river rivals. The homestand continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Sugar Land Skeeters come to town to open a three-game series.
York starter Alain Quijano (8-6) was very solid, improving to 4-0 in four starts against Lancaster on the season. The lefty allowed just an unearned run and five hits over seven innings, walking one and fanning five.
The bullpen handled the rest, with Rommie Lewis picking up his 31st save all-time with York, tying a club record.
Lancaster scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Yusuke Kajimoto in the top of the third, plating Reegie Corona, who had reached on an error.
The Revs answered in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 on an RBI single up the middle by Ofilio Castro.
York left the bases loaded in the fourth, but dodged a potential deficit in the fifth when Casey Frawley lined out to shortstop with the infield drawn in. Travis Garcia caught the line drive and threw to third to double off Keith Castillo to end the inning.
The Revs went in front in the bottom of the sixth, when Garcia drew a leadoff walk, Chad Tracy singled to right, Bryant Nelson reached on an infield single behind second and Castro hit a slow roller that stayed fair along the third-base line for another infield single, bringing Garcia home for a 2-1 lead.
York again failed to capitalize further, but again dodged a threat by the Barnstormers in the ensuing half inning, when Quijano dove off the mound to make a play on a broken-bat grounder by Frawley, with Tracy picking the throw out of the dirt at first base to strand the tying run at third, helping Quijano put the wraps on a strong performance.
The Revs tacked on runs on a seventh-inning sac fly by Tracy and on a third-strike wild pitch in the eighth, scoring Sean Smith, who had tripled to right field with two outs.
Lewis stranded a pair of walks in the ninth, striking out Frawley, who was representing the tying run, for the game's final out.
Lancaster starter Joe Gardner (3-2) took the loss, giving up two runs in six innings.
Notes: The Revs have won 11 of the last 15 meetings against Lancaster, including six straight at home. York becomes the first team in War of the Roses series history to win the series outright in back-to-back seasons. ... Stephen Penney entered with two outs in the eighth to strike out Atlantic League home run leader Cole Garner, who was representing the tying run at the time. Penney extended his scoreless streaks to 20 consecutive appearances and 19.2 innings, club records for a reliever. ... Quijano's four wins against Lancaster ties a club record for most wins in a season against one opponent, having been accomplished on several occasions. ... York righty Jorge Martinez (5-5, 3.07) will face Sugar Land right-hander David Pauley (7-6, 2.79) in Wednesday's series opener against the Skeeters. It is South Central Pennsylvania Softball Night, featuring USA Softball Olympic Gold Medalist pitcher Jennie Finch, who will speak to the crowd pre-game, throw out the first pitch and sign autographs for youth softball players and others in attendance.