The Fort Myers Miracle avoided a series sweep by beating the Palm Beach Cardinals 7-1 Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.
Matt Summers, the Florida State League leader in ERA, held the Cardinals to one run and five hits in six innings. He walked two, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.47.
A trio of relievers, Tyler Duffey, Chad Rodgers and Tyler Jones, pitched the final three innings and faced the minimum.
Palm Beach got on the board first in the second inning. Jonathan Rodriguez drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a single by Patrick Wisdom. The Miracle traded a run for two outs when Nick Longmire grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Rodriguez.
The Miracle answered in their half of the second. With two outs, Jhon Goncalves singled off of starter Kurt Heyer. He stole second base and scored on an RBI single by J.D. Williams.
The Miracle took the lead for good in the third. Levi Michael walked, A.J. Pettersen was plunked and Stephen Wickens singled to load the bases. After Byron Buxton struck out, D.J. Hicks lifted a sac fly to center to plate Michael and give the Miracle a 2-1 advantage.
Fort Myers added an insurance run in the sixth. Buxton, who was 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts against Heyer, singled to chase Heyer from the game. Buxton then stole second base and advanced to third and scored when catcher Jesus Montero's throw down to second went into center field.
Kennys Vargas and Matt Koch put the game away in the eighth. Vargas delivered a two-out, two-run double against Iden Nazario to put the Miracle up 5-1. Koch followed with a moon shot home run off of Corey Baker to complete the scoring at 7-1.
Goncalves, who started in right field, played in his 299th career game for the Miracle. That sets a new team record, besting the 298 games played by former Miracle Nick Romero.
The Miracle are in action on the road against the Bradenton Marauders on Thursday. The teams resume a suspended game from Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. and follow it will a seven-inning game 30 minutes later.