The York Revolution will now return home for its final push at the Atlantic League playoffs.
Sunday, York (36-26) used a seven-run top of the fourth to blow open its game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, cruising to an 11-1 win at Regency Furniture Stadium.
In the big fourth inning, the Revs, who entered the frame already leading 3-0, sent 11 men to the plate, piecing together seven hits and scoring seven times. After Nick Ferdinand got the scoring started in the inning with a two-run single. James Simmons followed with a two-run home run to make it a 7-0 game. The next three York batters reached base and another run scored, forcing Southern Maryland (24-39) to go to its bullpen and take out starter Jake Hale. Still, another two runs came across before the inning finally came to an end with the Revs on top 10-0.
York tacked on another run in the top of the sixth to push its lead to 11-0 before the Blue Crabs finally broke the shutout with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Both teams went through the final three innings scoreless, with Revs relievers Beau Vaughan, Stephen Penney and Matt Neil holding Southern Maryland hitless over that time.
Luis De La Cruz got the offense started for York in the top of the second with a three-run home run. That was plenty of offense for starter Cody Scarpetta, who earned his third win for the Revs, pitching six innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits, with four walks and eight strikeouts.
Hale only lasted 3 1/3 innings, being charged with all 10 runs, with nine of them being earned, on eight hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Brian Grening pitched effectively, holding York to only one earned run over the final 5 2/3 innings, allowing just five hits and striking out six.
With the win and a Lancaster Barnstormers loss earlier in the day to the Somerset Patriots, 5-1, the Revs now sit 3 1/2 games back for first place in the Freedom Division standings. York has seven games to try to make up that ground, with all seven games coming at home. The Revs are now a season-high 10 games over .500.
The Revs' final regular-season homestand begins Monday night against the Long Island Ducks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Santander Stadium.