Back from the two-day New York-Penn League All-Star break, the Aberdeen IronBirds found the win column in Brooklyn, NY, Wednesday night.
The 'Birds (31-23), aided by a five-run, fourth inning, turned back the Cyclones (15-38), 6-2, in a battle among McNamara Division foes.
The two teams will be back at it Thursday at 7 p.m. and the series will conclude on Friday with a 6:40 p.m. start.
In Wednesday's win the IronBirds broke open an scoreless game with the big fourth inning. Zach Jarrett opened the inning with a walk with TJ Nichting and Mason McCoy (RBI) following with consecutive singles.
Trevor Craport then doubled in both Nichting and McCoy and after a Brooklyn pitching change, Garrett Copeland drew a walk. Luke Ringhofer followed with a double to score Craport and Copeland scored the fifth run on Irving Ortega's groundout.
Hunter Harvey,, meanwhile, was strong in his second rehab start for Aberdeen. Harvey allowed one hit over three innings, while striking out seven.
Brooklyn starter, Matt Harvey, the New York Mets pitcher also making a rehab start, was also good. He allowed one hit and struck out three over three innings.
Scott Burke (2-1) pitched four innings to get the win. Burke gave up three hits and an earned run, while striking out four.
Nick Jobst pitched the final two innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit. He also struck out one.
Aberdeen scored its sixth run in its last at bat. Tristan Graham singled with one out and stole second. Jean Carrillo also singled, plating Graham.
Jarrett followed with a double and Nichting walked to load the bases. Brooklyn went to the bullpen and Placido Torres came on to strike out two straight batters to end the damage.
Brooklyn also scored its final run in the ninth on a single, a passed ball and two groundouts.
Nichting was the lone Aberdeen player with two hits. The 'Birds out-hit the Cyclones, 9-5.
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The win increased the IronBirds lead to 1.5 games in the Wild Card race over Mahoning Valley, a 10-6 loser at Batavia on Wednesday.