The York Revolution built a big early lead and hung on for a 9-6 win over the Camden Riversharks on Wednesday afternoon at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
With the win, the Revs have taken two of three in the series, and will conclude their eight-game homestand on Thursday night, looking for back-to-back wins before heading out on the road.
York grabbed the lead by scoring three times in the bottom of the second to open the scoring. Andy Marte led off the frame with a double to right, starting his big day. After a walk to Chad Tracy put two men on base, first baseman Delwyn Young's throw to second on a ground ball sailed into left, allowing Marte to score the game's first run on an error. Matt Spencer added an RBI groundout later in the inning and Charlie Neil muscled a broken bat RBI single into left-center on his first swing with the Revs, making it a 3-0 lead.
Revs' starter Pedro Liriano retired the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a pair of walks in the fourth. D'Angelo Jimenez then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Kody Kirkland, allowing Camden to get on the board without a hit, cutting the lead to 3-1.
The Revs scored three more in their half of the fourth, however, taking a commanding 6-1 lead. Ruddy Yan drove in the first run on a fielder's choice grounder, with a second run scoring on a throwing error by shortstop Juan Martinez on the same play. Marte added a two-out RBI single. The Revs' first six runs of the game were all unearned, using four hits to take advantage of three errors in the inning. Camden's four errors for the game tied the most by an opposing team in a game against the Revs this season.
Martinez posted Camden's first hit of the game with a solo home run in the top of the fifth, but again the Revs had an answer. Mark Teahen led off the home fifth with a ground rule double, moved to third on a single by Michael Hernandez and scored on a double play hit into by Spencer, making it a 7-2 Revs lead.
The Sharks suddenly made things tight in the sixth inning. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with no outs, ending the afternoon for Liriano. Reliever Yunior Novoa's first pitch was hit out to left field by Dionys Cesar for a grand slam, the first allowed by a Revs pitcher this season, bringing Camden within 7-6. The Sharks then landed runners at the corners with two outs, but lefty Rommie Lewis came on to retire Jimenez on a pop up, preserving the lead. It was the first of 10 consecutive batters retired by the Revolution bullpen, holding the lead the rest of the way.
York added insurance runs on solo homers to left by Marte in the seventh, and to left-center by Kirkland in the eighth. Marte's home run was his 19th of the season. York's cleanup hitter reached base all four times on the day, going 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBIs. He is now tied for the league-lead with 72 RBIs on the season.
Juan Rincon tossed a perfect ninth for his 19th save, setting a new club record for a single season, topping the previous mark of 18 set by Michael Nix in 2011.
Liriano (5-3) earned the win, despite being charged with five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings.
York's Corey Thurman (4-9, 6.75) will face Camden lefty Ryan Kulik (1-6, 7.14) in Thursday's finale at 6:30 p.m. It is York County Junior Girls Softball League Night.