The York Revolution made up more ground on the Lancaster Barnstormers, winning 2-1 on Saturday night in front of 5,493 fans at Santander Stadium.
The Revs have now won six of their last eight overall, climbing within two games of Lancaster for first place. The two teams will meet again in a doubleheader on Sunday in York, with two seven inning games beginning at 5 p.m.
The teams traded solo home runs in the second inning. Brock Kjeldgaard launched his fifth home run of the year to left-center leading off the top half of the inning, only to have Ofilio Castro answer back for York with a solo shot to left-center, his first Revolution home run, tying the game at 1-1.
Castro's homer marked the only hit off Lancaster starter Cody Scarpetta who faced one over the minimum. The only other batter who reached off the right-hander was Eric Patterson who drew a fourth inning walk but was erased on a double play.
York starter Mike McClendon turned in another strong outing, going six innings in a no-decision. He scattered five hits, and twice had a runner reach second base with no outs, but denied the Barnstormers runs each time.
The skies opened in the middle of the seventh inning, as a 40-minute rain delay spelled the end of Scarpetta's night. After the delay, Wilson Valdez greeted reliever Pete Andrelczyk with a single to left before stealing second base. Patterson then dropped down a bunt, and Andrelczyk (0-3) attempted to throw out Valdez at third base, only to throw the ball away. The error allowed Valdez to score what would prove to be the winning run.
Blake Gailen reached on an error to lead off the eighth, but was caught stealing for the first time in ten attempts all season as Revs catcher Salvador Paniagua threw a perfect strike to second base for the first out. Mark Hendrickson recorded the other two outs on fly balls to carry the lead through the eighth.
Rommie Lewis, who defended his cow milking championship by defeating Lancaster pitcher Chad Beck on the field during pregame Ag & Farm Night festivities, set the Barnstormers down in order in the ninth inning for his league-leading tenth save of the season. It marked his eighth consecutive appearance with a save, adding to a franchise record.
Julio DePaula (3-2) picked up the win, entering to retire Greg Golson on a groundout in the top of the seventh with the go-ahead run at second base.
Notes: The Revs were held to three hits matching a season-low… it ties a club record for fewest hits in a victory (June 14, 2012 in a 1-0 win at Somerset)… Johan Limonta was held hitless in three at-bats as his 18-game hitting streak was snapped… it was the seventh longest streak in club history and the longest in the league so far this season… Valdez' stolen base was his fifth of the year and the team's 36th which ranks second in the league… the Revs are already just 11 steals away from matching their total from all of last year… York has won three straight and four of the last five in the War of the Roses series to take a 4-3 series lead… five of the seven meetings have been decided by two runs or fewer… newly signed righty Matt Neil will start for York in game one of Sunday's doubleheader, facing Lancaster lefty Dan Osterbrock (1-0, 5.28)… York southpaw Chris Cody (2-1, 5.32) faces newly signed Lancaster righty Mark Rogers in the nightcap.