JUPITER - The Fort Myers Miracle powered past the Jupiter Hammerheads 11-6 Friday night with a pair of big offensive innings.
After retiring the Miracle in order in the first, Jupiter starter Josh Hodges was roughed up in the second inning for five runs on four hits. After issuing a one-out walk to Max Kepler, Stuart Turner singled to right and Kepler went from first to third.
Mike Gonzales then smashed a ground ball that deflected off of Hodges (0-1) to Viosergy Rosa at first base. Rosa retired Gonzales, but Kepler scored from third to put the first run on the board.
Hodges then walked Travis Harrison to bring up Niko Goodrum. On the first pitch, Goodrum laced a single to right to bring in Turner. Then, Levi Michael and Jorge Polanco registered back-to-back doubles. Michael's brought in two runs and Polanco plated one to give the Miracle a 5-0 edge.
Given a 5-0 lead, Miracle starter Tyler Duffey turned in a quality start. Duffey (1-0) went six innings and scattered eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The Hammerheads touched up Duffey for a run in the third on a two-out RBI single by Terrence Dayleg. In the fifth, Dayleg again tagged Duffey with a two-run, bases loaded single to cut the Miracle lead to 5-3.
Jupiter kept the Miracle off the board for four innings, but the bats bust through again in the seventh. Harrison led off with a single into right. Then, Goodrum doubled over the head of Ryan Goetz in left field to score Harrison from first. Hammerhead reliever Jheyson Manzueta then retired the next two Miracle hitters, but gave way to left-hander Frankie Reed to face Dalton Hicks. Hicks earned a walk and with two aboard, Adam Brett Walker launched a 1-1 pitch from Reed over the wall in left center field. The homer pushed the Miracle lead to 9-3 and was Walker's first in the Florida State League.
The Miracle and Hammerheads traded a pair of runs each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Goodrum finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Michael was 1-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored while Polanco was 2-for-5 and knocked in a run.
Hodges was the losing pitcher after yielding five runs on five hits in five innings.
The Miracle (2-0) return to Hammond Stadium Saturday for their home opener against the Hammerheads (0-2).