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Bats stay hot as York rallies to take down New Britain

STAFF REPORT
  • York pounds out 11 hits in win over New Britain.
  • Mike DeMark picks up league-leading 25th save.
  • Michael Rockett drives in team-high two runs.

It may have taken 25 games, but the York Revolution finally looks to be back to its first-half form.

York Revolution's Ty'Relle Harris will return to the club for a third consecutive season and serve as a versatile option on the mound. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York scored at least seven runs in a game for the third straight time on Wednesday night, rallying to defeat the New Britain Bees, 7-6, at New Britain Stadium. The Revs (54-41) are a second-half best three games above .500 at 14-11.

York took the lead for good in the top of the seventh when Michael Rockett drove in the second of his two runs on a single and later scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. After that, it was up to the Revs' bullpen to finish the job, which it did, with Julio DePaula working out of an eighth-inning jam to keep the lead intact. Mike DeMark then secured his Atlantic League-leading 25th save of the season in the ninth.

York jumped out to the game's first lead with a two-run top of the first with both runs scoring on errors. However, York's lead was short lived. New Britain (45-51) struck for three runs off of Revs' starter Ty'relle Harris in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.

York responded with another two-run inning in the top of the third, when Andres Perez and Rockett each drove in runs. Perez recorded an RBI single, while Rockett chipped in with a fielder's choice RBI to make it a 4-3 Revs lead. Joel Guzman later made it a 5-3 York lead with an RBI single in the top of the fourth, but it was immediately canceled out by the Bees in the bottom half of the frame to bring the score to 5-4. New Britain took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the bottom half of the fifth to continue the see-saw affair, but couldn't make it hold up. The Revs came from behind in the seventh.

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Jose Arredondo earned the win for York, pitching a clean bottom of the seventh, while four Revs relievers combined to hold the Bees to one hit over four innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts.

Rockett led York with two RBIs and four different hitters had two-hit nights, part of an 11-hit onslaught by the offense.

The Revs will look to complete the three-game sweep against New Britain on Thursday in an afternoon affair. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. at New Britain Stadium.