The Fort Myers Miracle knocked off the Palm Beach Cardinals 8-1 Sunday in a game shortened by rain in the sixth inning.
The Miracle offense blitzed the Cardinals with eight runs in the first two innings. The first five batters against Palm Beach starter Jay Voss reached base and all scored. After walks to Aderling Mejia and Jhon Goncalves, Eddie Rosario pulled a full count pitch through the right side to score Mejia.
The next hitter, Kennys Vargas, also worked a full count before muscling a pitch into the right-center field gap to plate two runs. Leading 3-0, Matt Koch launched a two-run homer well beyond the fence in left. The long ball is his second of the season.
In the second, the Miracle got three consecutive RBI hits. Vargas smacked another RBI double to right, Koch singled in a run and Rodriguez picked up an RBI base hit into left.
Rosario finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while extending his hitting streak to eight games. Vargas was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and leads the Florida State League with 48. Koch completed play 2-for-3 with a homer and three runs driven in.
Taylor Rogers went all 5 2/3 innings before the game was shortened due to rain and unplayable field conditions. Rogers (5-1) allowed just one run on a solo homer from Nick Longmire in the third inning and gave up just six hits with one strikeout.
The Miracle (40-15) return to Hammond Stadium to open a four-game set with the Brevard County Manatees (28-27) at 7:05 p.m. Monday.