TAMPA - The Tampa Yankees capped off a 7-6 win over the Fort Myers Miracle Sunday afternoon with a wild ninth-inning comeback.
Ben Gamel knocked in the game-tying run and scored the game-winner. After pitching a perfect eighth, Miracle reliever Tyler Jones entered the ninth with a 6-3 lead. Mikeson Oliberto and Taylor Dugas each singled off Jones (0-1) to start the ninth with back-to-back hits. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Ali Castillo then poked a two-run double into right field to cut the Miracle lead to 6-5.
Gamel stepped to the plate with no outs and hit a chopper up the middle that rolled into center field and scored Castillo from second to tie the game. Gamel then stole second. After a walk to Matt Snyder, Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz replaced Tyler Jones with Zack Jones.
In a risky play, Gamel took off for third on a 1-1 count with Dan Fiorito at the plate and stole his second base of the inning. Jones' 2-2 pitch bounced past the outstretched glove of catcher Jairo Rodriguez and Gamel crossed home plate to complete a four-run rally in the ninth for Tampa.
The Yankees never led until the final play of the game as the Miracle built leads of 3-0, 4-1 and 6-3. J.D. Williams reached base four times, including a single, and finished 1-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored. D.J. Hicks was 1-for-4 with two driven in and Byron Buxton returned from a minor injury to go 0-for-2 with three walks, a stolen base and a run.
Jairo Rodriguez, 3-for-4, and Aderling Mejia, 2-for-5, each registered multi-hit games.
Matt Tomshaw tossed six innings in a no decision and allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Rigoberto Arrebato pitched the eighth and ninth to pick up the win and improve to 2-2.
The Miracle (67-41, 22-19) return to Steinbrenner Field for the series finale at 7 p.m. Monday with the Yankees (38-40, 20-20).