Niko Goodrum's three-run homer in the sixth inning helped the Fort Myers Miracle post a 7-4 win over the Brevard County Manatees Sunday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.
Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Goodrum blasted a 1-2 pitch from Manatees starter Jorge Lopez beyond the drink rail seating to give the Miracle an important five-run cushion. Lopez (8-5) started the inning retiring the first two hitters, but issued a walk to Stuart Turner. Max Kepler then lined a single through the right side to put runners and first and second. Goodrum's homer, his second of the season, was a towering shot and pushed the Miracle lead to 6-1.
Fort Myers needed the offense. After seven strong innings by starter Tim Shibuya, Miracle reliever B.J. Hermsen struggled in the top of the eighth. In the span of six pitches, Hermsen gave up a pair of singles and a three-run homer to Michael Reed to cut the Miracle advantage to 6-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Miracle got a run back with another clutch hit by Goodrum. With Turner on second base and two outs, Goodrum drive to right [;ated Turner and restored a 7-4 lead.
Todd Van Steensel popped out of the Miracle bullpen in the ninth and faced four batters to record his first save in the Florida State League.
Shibuya (7-3) earned the win allowing just one run on seven hits. Setting the tone by striking out the first four hitters of the game, Shibuya ended the night with five punch outs and one walk.
The Miracle provided Shibuya with an early lead after scoring three runs in the third.
The Miracle (60-37, 19-9) host Brevard County (51-40, 15-10) for the second of a four-game series at Hammond Stadium on Monday.