Salvador Paniagua blasted a pair of home runs and Frank Gailey turned in another stellar performance to help the York Revolution smoke the Camden Riversharks 9-2 on Wednesday night at Santander Stadium, evening their series at one win apiece.
The Revs will look to win the rubber match on Thursday night and continue their playoff push before welcoming the Bridgeport Bluefish to town for the weekend.
Paniagua led a potent attack, going 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs, while Eric Patterson also went 4-for-4.
Paniagua opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, drilling a solo shot to left-center for a 1-0 York lead. The Revs backstop did it again two innings later, after Telvin Nash led off with a double, launching a moonshot two-run homer over the Arch Nemesis in left to give York a 3-0 lead. The two-homer game was the seventh of his pro career and second all-time with York.
Andres Perez belted a solo shot to left-center leading off the home sixth, taking sole possession of the league lead with his 70th RBI of the season. Later in the inning, Nash singled to right-center with one out, and sprinted all the way from first to score on a throwing error as the lead grew to 5-0.
The Revs turned it into a laugher with four runs in the seventh. Patterson worked a leadoff walk, while Brandon Boggs followed with a single to center. Perez then drove in the first run on a single to right, raising his RBI total to 71. Bryan Pounds drew a walk to load the bases and, with one out, Paniagua hammered a line drive high off the Arch Nemesis for a two-run single. James Simmons added a sac fly to increase the lead to 9-0.
Gailey (4-3) retired his first 10 batters and took a one-hitter into the seventh. Gailey then took a two-hit shutout into the eighth before the Sharks scored twice. The lefty whiffed eight and allowed just four hits and two walks.
Daniel Rockett broke up the shutout with a homer leading off the eighth, while Zach MacPhee provided an RBI single to right following Gailey's exit. Reliever Stephen Penney set down the next three batters after being greeted by MacPhee's single, however, and Edward Paredes retired the side in order in the ninth.
The Revs snap a three-game skid with the win, improving to 28-23 in the second half.
Notes: Paniagua's four hits and five RBI establish single-game career-highs with the Revs. ... Patterson's four-hit game is his second of the season. ... The Revs have won six straight starts by Gailey, who picks up his first win since Aug. 8. Each of Gailey's last four starts resulted in no-decisions in extra-inning victories for the Revs. ... York righty Cody Scarpetta (1-4, 4.47) makes his home debut for the Revs on Thursday, facing Camden southpaw Bill Murphy (5-14, 4.82), with first pitch at 6:30 p.m.