Tampa, Fla. - Jhalan Jackson hit a game-tying home run in the eighth and Nick Solak lined a walk-off single in the ninth as the Tampa Yankees (4-3) completed a sweep of the Fort Myers Miracle (1-6) with a 3-2 comeback victory on Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
For the first time this season, Tampa scored the first run. Sharif Othman hit a leadoff single in the third and advanced on a wild pitch. A base hit by Jorge Mateo placed runner on the corners and Kyle Holder drove in Othman with an RBI sacrifice fly.
The Miracle tied the game without the need of a hit in the fourth. Back-to-back walks, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly led to the score, as Chris Paul raced home on the fly by Trey Vavra.
Fort Myers took the lead against RHP Taylor Widener in the fifth. Nelson Molina reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. A two-out RBI single by Casey Scoggins gave the Miracle a 2-1 lead.
Widener allowed two earned runs on four hits in five innings, walking two while striking out a pair. The righty threw 58 of 79 pitches for strikes, taking a no-decision.
Dereck Rodriguez cruises through the rest of his outing with a 2-1 lead, until Tampa tied the game in the eighth. Jackson led off the frame and drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field, knotting the score with his second home run of the season.
Rodriguez tossed a career-best eight innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. The right-hander tallied six strikeouts without walking a batter, throwing 66 of 93 pitches for strikes.
RHP Andrew Schwaab (W, 1-0) worked around a hit and a walk in a pair of scoreless relief innings, striking out two.
Trey Amburgey lined a one-out double off of LHP Michael Theofanopoulos (L, 0-1) in the bottom of the ninth. A groundout pushed Amburgey to third and Solak came through with an RBI single into left.
Matt Snyder (2-for-4, 2B) and Othman (2-for-3, R) had multi-hit games. Mateo (1-for-4, SB) collected his sixth stolen base in as many games.
Up next, Tampa hosts the Bradenton Marauders for a double-header at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday night as part of a four-game series. RHP Domingo Acevedo (0-0, 7.71 ERA) will start against RHP Mitch Keller (0-0, 19.29 ERA) in game one. RHP Logan Sendelbach (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Bradenton in game two against a TBA Tampa pitcher.
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