Big inning lifts Bowie to 6-4 win


BOWIE -- It was a night of firsts at Prince George's County Stadium.

Rick Forney made his first start for Bowie after being optioned from Triple-A Rochester. Feliciano Mercedes got his first extra-base hit of the season.

As a result, the Baysox took their first meeting with the Binghamton Mets, 6-4, to extend their winning streak to four before 5,307 fans.

Staked to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, Marylander Forney breezed into the sixth before running out of steam and yielding to the bullpen.

"I was so-so," said Forney. "This wasn't one of my better outings. But my forkball bailed me out of a couple jams. It helped me dodge a few bullets."

Mercedes had the big blow in Bowie's early outburst, a three-run double into the left-center-field gap off Mets starter and loser Jeff Cosman (2-2).

"Denny Walling was working with him about hitting the other way," said Bowie manager Bob Miscik. "It paid off immediately."

The big inning included infield hits by Jason Friedman and Jose Millares, a double by Billy Owens that scored Friedman, a walk to Roy Hodge and a double by Kim Bartee through a drawn-in infield that scored Mercedes.

Bartee's first stolen base (after a walk) set up the sixth run, scored by Matt Howard's looping single to right in the fourth.

But the Baysox needed almost all of their cushion after Forney wilted in the sixth. Binghamton -- which started a lineup with no one hitting under .282 -- started its comeback with two singles, two walks, a hit batsman and a sacrifice fly that produced two runs.

Charles Devereux got out of that jam for Forney and struck out the side in the seventh before encountering his own trouble in the eighth.

Aaron Lane relieved and struck out left-hander Frank Jacobs to end the rally. Chris Lemp pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

NOTES: The Baysox added catcher Kris Gresham, who was hitting .250 at Rochester, and left-handed pitcher Ed Pierce. Optioned to Single-A Frederick were pitcher Calvin Maduro and backup catcher Hector Castaneda.

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