DAYTONA - Adam Brett Walker collected two hits and launched his 20th home run of the season in a 5-1 win Wednesday night for the Fort Myers Miracle over the Daytona Cubs in a four-game the series opener.
The Miracle broke a scoreless game with two outs in the third inning. After retiring the first eight hitters in a row, Jose Rosario gave up a single through the right side by Niko Goodrum. Buxton then ripped a triple to right-center to drive in Goodrum.
In the fourth, Walker added to the Miracle advantage with a solo blast. On a 3-1 pitch, Walker cleared the fence in right to add to his league leading home run total. Next inning, Fort Myers picked up another run. Buxton chopped a base hit through the middle. Jorge Polanco then poked a double into the left field corner and Buxton raced home to extend the Miracle lead to 3-0.
The Miracle scored a fourth run. Mike Gonzales extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double to left-center. On the next pitch by Rosario (4-6), Stuart Turner turned on a fastball and lined a double down the third base line to bring in Gonzales and put the Miracle up 4-0.
Matt Tomshaw started for Fort Myers and held Daytona scoreless for the six innings. The Cubs broke through in the seventh. Bijan Rademacher led off with a single, but was thrown out at home after a double by Billy McKinney. Moving to third, McKinney scored on a ground out to second by Wes Darvill.
Walker forced in an insurance run in the top of the ninth for the Miracle off Cubs reliever Yao-Lin Wang. With Dalton Hicks on second, Walker hit a fly ball to right that bounced off the glove of McKinney and allowed a fifth Miracle run to score.
Tomshaw (8-2) went eight innings and gave up one run on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Madison Boer tossed a scoreless ninth with one punch out.
Rosario lasted 5 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Miracle (57-36, 16-8) battle Daytona (41-51, 15-9) Thursday night in the second of the four-game of the series.