The Triple-A Norfolk Tides snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Harbor Park, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox slumped to a loss against the New Britain Rock Cats at Prince George's Stadium.
The Single-A Frederick Keys fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds defeated the Hagerstown Suns at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds collected their first victory of the 2009 season by beating the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Score: Norfolk Tides 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2 (Box score)
Recap: Right fielder Jeff Fiorentino was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and four runs scored in the Tides' 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
The 26-year-old outfielder is batting .378 with four doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored in his past 10 games. Overall, Fiorentino is hitting .314 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 44 games since being recalled from Bowie.
Norfolk second baseman Melvin Dorta was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while third baseman Brandon Pinckney and catcher Chad Moeller each added an RBI.
Tides starting pitcher Troy Patton (1-1) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings. The 23-year-old left-hander threw 50 of his 79 pitches for strikes, and he walked one and collected one strikeout.
Relief pitcher Chris Ray gave up one run and one hit in one inning for the Tides. In eight appearances, the 27-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
Norfolk closer Jim Miller tossed a scoreless inning to earn his 15th save of the season, which is the best in the International League.Bowie Baysox (AA)
Score: New Britain Rock Cats 9, Bowie Baysox 1 (Box score)
Recap: One ugly inning buried the Baysox in a hole that was too deep for the team to make a recovery.
Bowie shortstop Robert Valido committed an error with two outs in the top of the fifth, and the Rock Cats followed with a walk and five straight singles to build a 5-0 lead.
Starting pitcher John Mariotti (2-5) once again suffered from bad luck for the Baysox. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed five unearned runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, but his ERA lowered to 2.87 in nine starts since being promoted.
"I was rushing a little bit with some of my pitches, but I made some adjustments," Mariotti said. "I felt like I threw pretty decent. There weren't too many hard hits."
Baysox center fielder Dave Krynzel was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion added two hits, including a double.
"It felt good to have some good [at-bats], hit a couple balls hard," Krynzel said. "I've been working real hard the last couple days with [Baysox field coach] Moe [Hill] to figure some mechanical things out."
Relief pitcher Ryohei Tanaka retired all three batters he faced for the Baysox. The 26-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed a run in his first five appearances (seven innings) since joining the team.
Score: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7, Frederick Keys 5 (Box score)
Recap: Right fielder Robbie Widlansky was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, but the Keys fell to Myrtle Beach, 7-5, in the final game of the first half. The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .431 with 15 RBIs in 20 games since joining Frederick.
First baseman Wally Crancer was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Keys, and designated hitter Brandon Waring added an RBI.
Frederick shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. hit a double, and center fielder Matt Angle picked up his 22nd stolen base of the season.
Keys starting pitcher Sean Gleason gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Relief pitcher Jake Stevens (2-4) was charged with the loss for Frederick after allowing four runs and four hits in two innings.
Score: Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Hagerstown Suns 2 (Box score)
Recap: Starting pitcher Oliver Drake (3-4) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, and the Shorebirds held on for a 3-2 victory over Hagerstown. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and issued two walks.
Delmarva left fielder Kyle Hudson was 1-for-3 with an RBI double, and catcher Brendan Monaghan added an RBI and a run scored.
First baseman Elvin Polanco collected an RBI for the Shorebirds, and right fielder Brian Conley was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Shorebirds relief pitcher Brandon Cooney didn't allow any runs in two innings to pick up his 11th save of the season.
Score: Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 3 (Box score)
Recap: Brandon Erbe struggled in his first injury rehabilitation appearance for the IronBirds, but they were able to rebound for an 8-3 win over Hudson Valley.
The 21-year-old right-hander allowed a solo home run to Renegades leadoff hitter Brett Nommensen.
Erbe gave up two runs and four hits in one inning, and the McDonogh graduate also threw two wild pitches. He surrendered as many earned runs against Hudson Valley (two) as he did in 20 innings for the Baysox at the beginning of the season.
Aberdeen shortstop Garabez Rosa was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The 19-year-old infielder was a home run shy of the cycle.
Blake Davis, who is also playing for the IronBirds on an injury rehabilitation assignment, was 4-for-6 with four singles while serving as the designated hitter.
IronBirds second baseman Tyler Kelly was 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and third baseman Tom Edwards added two hits and a run scored.
Tyler Sexton (1-0) relieved Erbe and allowed only one unearned run and six hits in six innings. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out six batters and issued one walk.