The Sugar Land Skeeters jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, handing the York Revolution an 8-0 loss on Wednesday evening in front of 4,988 fans at Santander Stadium, snapping the Revs' modest two-game winning streak.
Sugar Land now leads York by two full games in the second-half Atlantic League Freedom Division standings. The Revs will look to even things in the series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sugar Land had a sizeable lead before their defense took the field, thanks to a three-run home run by Nick Stavinoha in the top of the first.
Neither starting pitcher budged from that point until the sixth. York starter Jorge Martinez retired 13 of his next 15 following the home run, but was victimized again in the sixth when Delwyn Young drew a walk and Travis Scott followed with a two-run homer, expanding Sugar Land's lead to 5-0. Martinez had allowed just two home runs the entire season before Wednesday's start, and had not allowed any in over a month.
It was more than enough run support for Sugar Land starter David Pauley (8-6), who allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings, retiring his final 15 batters. The righty has allowed just three hits over 13.0 innings, having not allowed a run in his last two starts.
Sugar Land tacked on two runs in the seventh, before scoring one more in the eighth.
The eight-run loss was the Revs' most lopsided of the season. York was held to just three hits, two of which came from Travis Garcia who doubled in the first and singled in the ninth.
Martinez (5-6) suffered the loss, charged with seven runs in 6.1 innings. His previous high total for earned runs in a game was just four. He entered the game with a 3.07 ERA, the league's third lowest.
The Revs fell to 3-6 against the Skeeters.
York righty Corey Thurman (6-3, 3.51) will make the start on Thursday, seeking his 63rd win all-time with the Revs, attempting to move into second all-time in Atlantic League history. Sugar Land will counter with righty Clint Everts (4-8, 5.57).