The Fort Myers Miracle posted an 8-1 victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals in Friday's series opener at Hammond Stadium.
The Miracle (56-71, 28-32) and Cardinals (59-69, 28-33) play game two at Saturday night.
Due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Isaac, Sunday's game has been moved to 11:30 a.m.
Miracle starter Madison Boer delivered his best start of the season going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits. Boer (7-10) began the game retiring eight in a row and 14 of the first 15 hitters while finishing with no walks and five strikeouts.
Boer was handed an early lead on back-to-back doubles by Danny Ortiz and Danny Rams in the first inning. With two outs, Ortiz laced a fastball from Cardinals starter Kyle Hald into the right field corner to reach a scoring position. Rams then lifted a fly ball to right that scored Ortiz and gave the Miracle a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Fort Myers added another run. Angel Morales led off with a base hit to left. After a failed bunt attempt by Daniel Santana, Levi Michael sliced a pitch to right field to put runners on the corners.
Ortiz lined a pitch into shallow left field to plate Morales and extend the lead to 2-0. Ortiz finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and another batted in.
The Cardinals finally scored on Boer in the top of the seventh inning when Alan Ahmady hit a 3-1 pitch over the left field fence for a solo homer to cut the Miracle lead to 2-1.
Answering in the bottom of the seventh, the Miracle blew the game open, sending 10 to the plate to score six runs on RBI singles by Kyle Knudson, Jhon Goncalves and Morales. The scoring was capped off by a three-run triple by Santana to open an 8-1 lead.
A.J. Achter pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Miracle and recorded two strikeouts. Miguel Munoz finished the game in the ninth.