Mets rally past Baysox, 4-3


BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox almost pulled off another dramatic, late-inning victory last night, but couldn't overcome two batted balls that traveled a combined 90 feet.

Binghamton turned those fluke hits into two eighth-inning runs and edged the Baysox, 4-3, before 10,340 at Prince George's County Stadium last night.

Scott McClain had given Bowie (49-47) a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh with a towering three-run homer off winner Erik Ludwick (10-3), who had allowed only one other hit.

But with reliever Jim Newlin on for Rocky Coppinger, Jeff Barry led off the Mets eighth with a slicing double to left that T.R. Lewis barely missed with a diving try.

Brian Daubach then bunted and Newlin fielded, taking a brief look at third. It cost him because Daubach beat his throw to first for a hit.

Then Benny Agbayani squibbed a ball halfway down the third-base line that McClain gloved. He thought about coming home to make a play on Barry, then threw hurriedly and wildly to first and Daubach raced all the way around to score the winning run.

Newlin (2-5) buckled down to retire the final six hitters, four on strikeouts, but Bowie could do nothing against the Binghamton bullpen.

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