The York Revolution tied a season-high with four home runs in an 8-4 win over the New Britain Bees on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium.
The Revs (17-13) even the series with the win, and will go for a series win in the final game of the road trip on Sunday afternoon.
It was the Bees who opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Craig Maddox connected on a two-run homer to right, his second of the year, spotting the home team a 2-0 lead.
The Revs quickly answered, as Telvin Nash teed off on his Atlantic League-leading 10th home run, a leadoff shot just right of straightaway center to put York on the board in the second. Michael Burgess followed with the at-bat of the night, fouling off six pitches with two strikes, and on the 12th pitch of the at-bat, slammed a full count offering over the fence in nearly the identical spot for his first home run with York, as the back-to-back shots tied the game at 2-2. James Simmons then ripped a double down the right field line, and moved to third on a groundout by Keith Castillo as Bees starter Cole Johnson finally recorded his first out on the 24th pitch of the inning. Simmons then sprinted home on a passed ball, giving the Revs a 3-2 lead.
York scored twice more in the third, as Isaias Tejeda led off with an infield hit and advanced to third on a hit-and-run single from Joel Guzman. Nash followed with an RBI double to left-center for his league-leading 15th extra-base hit, and Burgess added another run with a sac fly to center for a 5-2 lead.
Guzman extended the lead to 6-2 with a solo home run to left field in the seventh, his fifth of the season.
New Britain rallied with two outs in the seventh as Kevin Rivers bled a single into left and Michael Crouse drove an RBI triple to deep right-center. Crouse then scored on a wild pitch, cutting York’s lead to 6-4.
The Revs responded in a big way as Josh Wilson clobbered a hanging breaking ball from reliever Tim Boyce to deep left for a two-run homer, providing the 8-4 final.
York starter Tony Pena (3-0) settled in to earn the win, allowing just two singles and retiring 12 of his final 14 after the two-run first. The righty needed just 60 pitches to work five innings, striking out one without a walk. It was his longest outing since making three starts for the Chicago White Sox in 2010.
Johnson (2-3) suffered the loss, charged with a season-high five runs (four earned) over five innings of work. It is his third loss in as many starts against the Revs offense.
Notes: Nash and Burgess provided the third set of back-to-back home runs for the Revs this season. The four-homer performance ties a season-high for the third time (April 30 vs. Sugar Land, May 3 vs. Bridgeport). The Revs added a season-high-tying four doubles, totaling a season-best eight extra-base hits. The Revs now have a league-leading 31 home runs as a team. Burgess becomes the 10th different Revs batter to go yard in a game this season. The eight runs is a season-high in a road game for the Revs. York lefty Kelvin De La Cruz (3-2, 2.41) starts Sunday’s finale at 1:35 p.m. opposite Bees righty Josh Zeid (1-2, 4.65).