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Baysox sweep Mets, go over .500 for first time


BOWIE -- Scott McClain and Billy Owens homered in both games and T. R. Lewis knocked in the winning run in the opener with a seventh-inning single as the Bowie Baysox swept the Binghamton Mets, 6-5 and 7-1, in a Double-A Eastern League doubleheader last night.

A Prince George's Stadium crowd of 5,657 watched the Baysox (48-46) move above .500 for the first time all season and increase their Southern Division lead over Trenton to 1 1/2 games, as the Thunder beat Reading, 8-3, in a game delayed by rain.

The Baysox have won 20 of their past 25 games, and the doubleheader launched a 12-game homestand for them.

Kevin Ryan (3-2), normally a reliever, got the spot start in the nightcap and responded with five four-hit innings to earn the victory.

Bowie wrapped it up by batting 11 men and scoring six runs in the fourth inning against loser Mark Fuller and reliever Joe Crawford.

Lewis' one-out single scored Jarvis Brown with the decisive run in the first game after Brown walked and moved to third on Jim Wawruck's single against Brent Knackert.

The victory went to left-handed reliever Bo Magee (1-0), who has not allowed a run in three Baysox appearances. He retired all four batters he faced after replacing Garrett Stephenson, the victim of some poor defense behind him.

Bowie tied it at 5 on consecutive one-out homers against Knackert by McClain and Owens, whose homer in the nightcap enabled him to assume the team lead with 10.

McClain drove in two other runs with a first-inning single and Brown homered off the scoreboard in the second for Bowie's third run.

Red Wings 7, Tides 4

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sherman Obando went 3-for-4 and Rod Robertson homered and drove in four runs to lead Rochester over Norfolk in a Triple-A International League game.

Kevin McGehee (8-4) got the win for Rochester, allowing four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. Armando Benitez pitched the final two innings for his fourth save.

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