TAMPA - The Tampa Yankees beat the Fort Myers Miracle 2-1 Friday night.
With the bases loaded in the seventh and two outs, Rob Refsnyder delivered a two-run single up the middle that plated the tying and go-ahead runs off Miracle reliever Tyler Duffey. After striking out the lead-off man Dan Fiorito, Duffey (3-4) gave up a walk and two singles. Mason Williams popped up in foul ground for the second out, but Refsnyder collected his third base hit of the night to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
The Miracle scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Matt Koch. After lead-off hits from Darin Mastroianni, on a MLB rehabilitation stint, and Stephen Wickens, Yankees starter Scottie Allen walked Hicks to load the bases. Allen stuck out Kennys Vargas, but Koch lofted a 1-2 pitch into right field and Mastroianni beat Taylor Dugas' throw home to give Fort Myers a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning with a runner at first and one out, a rain shower forced the game into a lengthy delay. The delay forced both starting pitchers out of the game. Manuel Soliman started for the Miracle and went 3.1 innings with three hits, two walks and one strikeout.
Adrian Salcedo pitched 2.2 innings with three strikeouts in relief. The Miracle lineup struck out a season-high 15 games.
The Miracle (66-40, 21-18) return to Steinbrenner Field to face the Yankees (36-59, 18-19) Saturday.