(Erie, Pa) - The Reading Fightin Phils (21-13) recorded a season-high 14 runs, 16 hits and also scoring six runs in one inning to defeat the Erie SeaWolves (18-18) 14-4 on Wednesday morning. They have now won four-straight games.
Scott Kingery got the Fightin Phils on the board in the top of the third with two outs as he hit a home run off Erie's A.J. Ladwig (1-1). Kingery's hit was first ruled a triple, but after an umpires meeting was awarded his ninth home run of the season.
John Richy (1-0) retired 10 out of the first 11 batters he faced, only giving up a one-out single to Dominic Ficociello through the first three innings. Reading took a 3-0 lead off Ladwig in the top of the fourth as Andrew Pullin hit a RBI double and Angelo Mora hit a RBI single. Erie answered back in the bottom of the third as Christian Stewart tied the game at 3-3 with a three-run home run. Richy walked Jeff McVaney to start the inning then gave up a single to Mike Gerber. Richy left the game after five innings.
The Fightin Phils regained the lead in the top of the sixth by scoring four runs. Carlos Tocci scored on a wild pitch by Erie pitcher Jairo Labourt then Aaron Brown hit a two-run double with two outs. Kyle Martin scored on a passed ball to give Reading the 7-3 lead. Chace Numata extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the inning.
Erie got a run off Alexis Rivero in the bottom of the sixth as Gabriel Quintana hit a sacrifice fly to cut Reading's lead to 7-4. Reading got the run back in the top of the seventh as Pullin hit a sacrifice fly off Erie's Ruben Alaniz to score Malquin Canelo and extend the lead to 8-4.
Reading exploded for six runs in the top of the eighth to take a 14-4 lead. Erie's Adam Ravenelle allowed four runs without recording an out. Mitch Walding hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run home run for the first runs of the inning. Aaron Brown followed with a solo home run, his second of the season. Ravenelle left the game for Santiago Garrido. Kingery welcomed him with a single then scored on Malquin Canelo's first double-A home run of his career.
Yacksel Rios , Joey DeNato and Mario Hollands all pitched scoreless innings in relief as the Fightin Phils would win 14-4.
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