JUPITER, Fla. - Emmanuel Marrero finished a home run short of the cycle, and the Threshers put up six runs to back a strong start from Franklyn Kilome in a 6-1 victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Marrero and Wilson Garcia both collected three hits, and Kilome delivered six innings of one-run ball in the win.
Over the last seven games, Threshers starters have allowed just seven runs (five earned) across 39 innings for a 1.15 ERA.
After Cardinals starter Connor Jones (7-5) retired the first eight batters of the ballgame, Marrero smacked a triple off the right field wall with two outs in the third. Mark Laird chopped a high comebacker to the hill, and Jones rushed a wild throw to first that allowed Marrero to score the game's first run.
Clearwater (60-51, 22-19) opened the fourth inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases. Jones struck out Edgar Cabral after a 12-pitch battle for the first out, and Grenny Cumana followed with a grounder to third baseman Leobaldo Pina.
Pina's throw to second forced out Derek Campbell, but the relay to first from Andy Young got away allowing both Garcia and Jan Hernandez to score. Marrero followed with a double to left-center to plate Cumana and make it 4-0 Threshers.
Palm Beach (59-48, 19-21) pushed across its lone run against Kilome in the fifth, after Pina and Blake Drake opened the frame with a pair of singles. A wild pitch advanced the runners, and Jose Martinez's grounder to second scored Pina to bring it to 4-1.
Clearwater got that run back in the sixth.
Campbell and Cabral got it going with back-to-back singles before Cumana bunted into a force out at third. With two down, Laird walked to load the bases, and Cornelius Randolph pulled a hard grounder past second to score Cabral before Cumana was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Thomas Spitz to end the frame.
Kilome (6-4) finished off six strong innings, holding the Cardinals to just one run on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Aaron Brown took over in the seventh and tossed two scoreless innings in relief. He showcased a low-90s fastball and slider in his third outing for Clearwater as a pitcher, allowing one hit and a hit batter. Luke Leftwich took it home with a perfect ninth.
Game three of the four-game set will be on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 5:15 p.m. Clearwater's starter is TBA, while the Cardinals will send Mike O'Reilly (1-0) to the hill.
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