BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox went 0-5 in April against the Portland Sea Dogs, the Eastern League's best team, and were outscored 21-4.
Last night at Prince George's County Stadium, Bowie finally broke through in the series, edging the Sea Dogs, 5-4, in 11 innings when Jose Millares scored on a throwing error by Edgar Renteria.
Billy Owens walked to start the inning against reliever Don Lemon (0-3), who then balked pinch-runner Millares to second. A grounder by Scott McClain advanced the runner to third and Portland brought in its infield with one out.
B. J. Waszgis grounded to shortstop Renteria, whose throw to the plate hit Millares. Portland argued vehemently for interference against Millares -- to no avail.
The Baysox mounted little offense against Reynol Mendoza through seven innings, advancing only one runner to third, that one on an error.
But one swing of the bat from Owens brought them back into a 4-4 tie. After Mendoza allowed two walks sandwiched around a single by George Virgilio, Owens bashed Bowie's first grand slam of the season over the right-field fence against reliever Dan Chergey.
Bowie starter Rocky Coppinger had a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings, but he was piling up a lot of pitches. Billy McMillion singled for the first hit after one of six Baysox errors, then Chris Sheff walked to load the bases in the sixth for the Sea Dogs.
Portland 000 000 040 00 -- 4 4 2
Bowie .. 000 000 040 01 -- 5 6 6
Mendoza, Chergey (8), Lemon (10) and Redmond; Coppinger, Hurst (7), Ryan (8), Faino (9), Newlin (9) and Waszgis. HR: Owens (12). Att: 7,388.