VIERA, Fla. - The Charlotte Stone Crabs snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Brevard County Manatees on Tuesday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Starting pitcher Parker Markel carried a perfect game into the sixth inning for Charlotte (9-22) who led for all nine innings. Markel's perfect game bid ended with one out in the sixth when Lance Roenicke lashed a double to right-center field. Roenicke finished 2-for-3 on the evening and was the only Manatee hitter with a multi-hit game. The Manatees were held to just four hits all night long.
The Stone Crabs wasted no time getting on the board against 'Tees starting pitcher Brooks Hall. Kes Carter led off the game with a triple that was lined down the first base line. With one out, Jake Hager hit a sacrifice fly to left field to give Charlotte the early 1-0 lead.
The Stone Crabs extended their lead in the third inning. Jake Hager, Richie Shaffer and Alejandro Segovia all reached with two outs off of Hall. Jeffery Malm then smacked a two-run double off the right field wall to make it 3-0.
Charlotte added two more in the sixth when Willie Argo hit an RBI double and Carter singled in another run.
Hall (2-3, 2.75) would end up taking the loss as he gave up three runs in five innings of work. He allowed six hits, walked four and struck out two batters.
Brevard County (17-15) did start to chip away at the deficit in the bottom of the sixth. After Roenicke broke up the perfecto with his one-out double, T.J. Mittelstaedt doubled to right to score Roenicke and put the Manatees on the board. After Greg Hopkins walked, Nick Ramirez crushed a two-run triple off the top of the batters' eye in center to make it a 4-2 game.
The 'Tees would bring the tying run to the plate in both the seventh and eighth innings, but could not plate another run as Austin Hubbard tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season.
Four-time Major League All-Star Francisco Rodriguez made his 2013 debut in the eighth inning. He walked Argo with two outs, but recorded a scoreless frame and struck out two batters.
Brevard County and Charlotte will wrap-up their four-game series with 10:35 a.m. matinee on Wednesday.