VIERA, Fla. --The Manatees took a 5-0 lead after one inning, but were held in check the rest of the way as Daytona rallied to beat Brevard County 11-7 on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium.
Brevard County batted around in the first, scoring five times, racking up five hits and benefiting from two Daytona errors. For a moment, it looked like the Manatees were going to get into the win column.
That moment was short-lived as the Cubs scored twice in the second, once in the third and three times in the fourth, to take a 6-5 lead and chase Brevard County starter Adrian Rosario from the game. Counting Rosario's start, Manatees starting pitchers have an 8.59 earned run average in the first four games of the season.
A Khris Davis sacrifice fly that scored Kentrail Davis in the fifth would tie the game at 6-6, but the Manatees would never be that close the rest of the way.
Offensively, it was the most runs and hits that the Manatees have had in a game this season. Scott Krieger went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored. Khris Davis also notched two hits and Rafael Neda drove in two runs.
But through the first four games of the season, Brevard County is tied with Charlotte for the worst ERA in the Florida State at 5.56.
Brevard County will hit the road for a three-game series with the Tampa Yankees. The Yankees split their opening series of the season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
The Manatees will return home on Thursday to start a six-game home stand, beginning with a three-game set with the Clearwater Threshers.