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Rockett delivers key blow as Revs rally for another win

STAFF REPORT

Michael Rockett’s two-run homer put the York Revolution in front, and Mike DeMark set a single-season franchise saves record as the Revs came back to beat the New Britain Bees 4-3 on Tuesday night at PeoplesBank Park.

The Revs (19-12, 59-42) set a franchise record with their 37th comeback win of the season and improved to 13-5 vs. the Bees (11-21, 47-55) this season.

Former York Revolution closer Mike DeMark will pitch for Team Italy in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Down 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Jared Mitchell capped an 11-pitch at-bat with a leadoff single, promptly stealing second base on the very next pitch. Joel Guzman brought him home with a double to the warning track in center. After Kevin Rivers bunted Guzman to third, Bryan Pounds plated him with a sac fly to shallow right.

Keith Castillo worked out a walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count, keeping the inning alive and bringing up Rockett. Rockett swatted a 1-0 pitch sky-high over the Arch Nemesis in left field for an emphatic two-run home run to put the Revs on top.

The bullpen kicked it in from there, as Luis Perdomo and Jose Arredondo combined to strand a pair in the seventh. Ricardo Gomez struck out two in a perfect eighth, and DeMark shut down the Bees 1-2-3 in the ninth for the second straight night.

The save was DeMark’s 29th of the season, breaking a tie with Rommie Lewis (2014) for the York single-season record. DeMark also ties Lewis for the career saves mark with his 33rd in a Revolution uniform.

“When you’re chasing down guys like Rommie Lewis, it’s kind of hard to catch guys like that,” said DeMark after his record-setting and record-tying save. “He did a lot of great things here in York, so I’m just happy to be in the same group as him. All of these [batters] have been a key to my success and the team’s successes this year. We just never quit, and it feels like a true championship team.”

DeMark and company nailed down the win for Tony Pena (6-7), who earned his first win since June 7 with a quality start of three runs on seven hits in six innings. Jarret Leverett (3-5) took the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Rockett led the way for York by going 2 for 3 with the two-run homer. He is now batting .301 on the season, including .528 (19-36) with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over his last nine games.

Travis Witherspoon and Mitchell also had two hits for the Revs, while Guzman drove in his league-leading 72nd RBI of the season.

Notes: The game was finished under protest after Bees shortstop Jake McGuiggan was called out for interference after colliding with Revs first baseman Kevin Rivers on a groundball in the top of the ninth inning. ... York is now 27-22 when the other team scores first. The Revs are 35-18 in games decided by two runs or fewer, including 22-4 at home and 13-1 in one-run home games. ... The previous franchise record for comeback wins in a season was 36, set in 2008 and 2014. ... The York bullpen has allowed just two runs in its last 32 1/3 innings of work (0.56 ERA) dating back to July 31. ... The Revs will go for their ninth win in 10 games on Wednesday night as Micah Owings (3-4, 5.04) goes up against the Bees’ Daniel Sattler (0-0, 7.71).