BOWIE -- Norwich catcher Mike Figga hit a two-run homer with two out in the seventh inning to break open a close game and the Navigators went on to beat the Bowie Baysox, 9-3, last night in a rain-delayed Eastern League game.
Only a scattered few of the crowd of 5,146 remained at Prince George's County Stadium for the finish after the evening's second shower halted the game for 30 minutes after eight innings.
Figga's second homer of the series-- this one off reliever Larry Shenk-- gave Norwich a 6-3 lead. That was in the middle of a streak in which Norwich scored in six straight innings.
"Larry got one slider over too much of the plate and that was the game," Baysox manager Bob Miscik said. "It was just a bad night all around."
The Baysox had only one runner reach third aside from the sixth inning, when they scored all their runs.
Left-hander Rich Hines stopped that uprising, then held them to one hit for 2 2/3 innings while his teammates built him a big edge.
The victory went to the second Navigator pitcher, Jhonny Pantoja; Baysox starter Calvin Maduro suffered the loss. Norwich leads the season-opening series, 2-1.
The game required three hours, 10 minutes in addition to the rain delay.
The Baysox unleashed a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to pull within a run after falling behind 4-0.
B. J. Waszgis started the splurge with a one-out walk and Roy Hodge singled to right to finish reliever Pantoja.
With 6-foot-8 left-hander Tom Carter pitching for Norwich, Eric Chavez singled to left to knock in Waszgis, with Hodge hustling to third. Carter then threw a wild pitch and Hodge scored just before the pitcher made the tag.
Jose Millares pinch hit for Hector Castaneda and doubled home Chavez to knock out Carter and bring on another left-hander, Hines, who got the bottom two hitters in the Baysox order to squelch the rally.
Norwich broke a scoreless tie with a fourth-inning run off Maduro, piecing together a walk, a single, a wild pitch and Figga's sacrifice fly.
Two more runs followed in the fifth after Shenk replaced Maduro with two on and two out.
Brian Turner, the first batter Shenk faced, singled in the first run and a wild pitch scored the second before Shenk escaped the inning.
The margin built to 4-0 in the sixth on a walk, advancing ground ball and two-base throwing error by Bowie shortstop Jeff Michael.
A heavy shower hit the area before the fourth inning, but the game went ahead with the aid of some dusting around home plate and the pitcher's mound. The rain slowed to a drizzle and play was not affected.