DUNEDIN, Fla. - Arquimedes Gamboa and Henri Lartigue combined to reach base six times on Saturday night, but the Dunedin Blue Jays powered past the Clearwater Threshers, 6-1 at Dunedin Stadium.
Gamboa finished 2-for-4 with a walk, and is now 4-for-11 (.364) through his first three games. Lartigue walked and singled twice, going 2-for-3 in his Threshers debut.
Following a 46 minute rain delay, Darick Hall got Clearwater on the board in the opening half inning.
Gamboa set the table with a one-out double to left, and with two down Hall pushed a single through the left side to score Gamboa and bump the Threshers ahead, 1-0.
McKenzie Mills retired the Blue Jays in order in the first, then managed to work out of a tight spot in the second inning, after Dunedin loaded the bases on an error and a pair of singles.
The lefty induced a big strikeout of Ivan Castillo on an elevated fastball, then got Rodrigo Orozco to pop out to first and Yeltsin Gudino to fly out to right to end the threat.
Dunedin (2-1) used the long ball to jump ahead in the third. With one on and one out, Bradley Jones cracked a two-run home run to left, and Riley Adams followed with a solo shot to center to make it 3-1 Blue Jays.
An inning later Rodrigo Orozco doubled on a liner to left with one out, stole third, and scored on Yeltsin Gudino's sacrifice fly.
Mills (0-1) would exit after four innings in the start, permitting four runs on six hits. He did not issue a walk and recorded three strikeouts.
The Blue Jays tacked on a run each in the fifth and sixth facing reliever Jakob Hernandez, with a Nash Knight RBI double and a sac fly from Josh Palacios.
Patrick Murphy (1-0) earned the win for Dunedin, limiting the Threshers to a run on three hits and three walks across five innings in the start.
The series wraps up on Sunday afternoon at Dunedin Stadium, when Alejandro Requena takes the hill against Josh DeGraaf. The game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 12:45 p.m.
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