DUNEDIN - The Fort Myers Miracle scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning without a hit to beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 3-1 Saturday night.
Dunedin reliever Tyler Ybarra pitched a perfect ninth inning, but struggled with his command in the 10th and walked the bases loaded with one out. Miracle newcomer J.D. Williams stepped up and hit a slow roller to Jon Berti. The second baseman bobbled the grounder and a run scored to break a 1-1 tie.
With the bases still loaded, Byron Buxton hit a ground ball to short and beat out the double play to bring in an insurance run and extend the lead to 3-1.
Miracle closer Zack Jones faced four hitters in the bottom of the 10th and yielded one walk while striking out Berti to end the game. The save is Jones' 11th of the season.
The Blue Jays only run of the game came in the first inning. Berti earned a lead-off walk against Miracle starter Matt Summers. With Peter Mooney at the plate, Berti broke early for second base and Summers threw to Kennys Vargas at first. Vargas' throw to second base was errant and rolled into left center field allowing Berti to score.
Summers went the next seven innings and did not allow another run. Receiving a no decision, Summers pitched eight innings and gave up three hits and struck out seven. The only run charged to Summers was unearned.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Miracle tied the game with Williams again driving in a run. Stephen Wickens began the inning with a single into left field. Andy Leer laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Wickens to second. In a heads-up base running play, Wickens realized that the Blue Jays were not covering third base and beat shortstop Shane Opitz to the bag. With the infield playing on the grass, Williams singled through the right side to plate Wickens and tie the game, 1-1.
Chad Rodgers entered in the ninth inning and pitched around a two-out single. When the Miracle took the lead in the tenth, Rodgers became the pitcher of record and improved to 5-1.
The Miracle (58-36, 13-14) travel to Brevard County for first of a four-game series at 5:05 p.m. Sunday with the Manatees.