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Miracle cruise 11-3 behind 15 hits

July 30, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Fort Myers Miracle used the long ball to win the finale of a four-game series with the Brevard County Manatees 11-3 Sunday afternoon at Hammond Stadium, tsaking three of the four games.

Josmil Pinto belted his ninth home run of the season in the fourth with two outs to put the Miracle up 4-1.

Michael Gonzales, pinch hitting for Steve Liddle, broke the game open with a grand slam in the fifth off of Thomas Keeling to put Fort Myers ahead 9-1.

Matt Summers battled the heat to earn his first win in a Miracle uniform since being called up from Beloit. He pitched five innings, allowing just one run and six hits.

The Miracle knocked around Manatees starter Jed Bradley, who is one of the Milwaukee Brewers' top prospects. The lefty was roughed up for 10 hits and six earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. He walked six.

The Manatees took an early 1-0 lead in the second, but the Miracle answered with two in the bottom of the frame when Levi Michael and Liddle hit back-to-back RBI singles to put the Miracle ahead.

Pinto's homer and Gonzales' grand slam put the game out of reach. The Manatees scored two in the seventh against Nelvin Fuentes, but the Miracle got the runs back in the eighth on an RBI double by Lance Ray and a sac fly by Anderson Hidalgo.

Michael and Pinto each had three hits. Angel Morales went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Ray also had two hits.

With the win the Miracle earned a season split with the Manatees 4-4.

The Miracle (47-58, 19-19) travel to Daytona to start a seven-game road trip Monday. The first game against the Cubs is set to start at 7:05 p.m.



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