Moya's blasts help 'Wolves win marathon

Tigers' No. 20 prospect goes yard twice, takes Eastern League lead

Steven Moya ranks third in the Eastern League with 170 total bases this season. (Mark Olson/

By Robert Emrich / | July 5, 2014 1:44 AM ET

Steven Moya survived a drought in April and is blossoming now that the summer months have arrived.

The Tigers' No. 20 prospect slugged a pair of homers and drove in four runs Friday night as Double-A Erie outlasted Binghamton, 9-6, in 16 innings.

Moya, who went 3-for-7, opened the game with a bang, slugging a three-run blast in the first inning. He doubled and scored in the third before briefly putting the SeaWolves ahead with a solo shot in the top of the 10th.

The extra-inning homer was Moya's fourth in six games and 20th of the season, giving him sole possession of the Eastern League lead. The 22-year-old outfielder also ranks third with 63 RBIs and is tied for second with 23 doubles.

After batting .197 with a .582 OPS in April, Moya has raised those totals to .265 and .830. He's driven in 56 runs in his last 60 games.

Perhaps most importantly, Moya's healthy. After undergoing Tommy John surgery and playing only 59 games in 2012, he missed time last year with a strained left shoulder. But the Puerto Rico native has played in 80 of Erie's 84 games this season.

Aaron Westlake broke a 6-6 tie with a solo homer in the 16th and Devon Travis, the Tigers' second-ranked prospect, capped the inning with an RBI single.

Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' No. 4 prospect, homered and drove in three runs for Binghamton.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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