Jacob Waguespack hurled five innings of two-hit ball, leading the Clearwater Threshers to a 7-4 victory in the series opener at Roger Dean Stadium.
Cornelius Randolph, Jan Hernandez, and Herlis Rodriguez each went yard on Thursday, backing Waguespack's five shutout innings in the start.
The 23-year-old right-hander permitted just two hits and one walk in five frames, picking up two strikeouts on 73 pitches (48 strikes). Since converting to the rotation on May 25th, Waguespack has allowed only two runs in 14 innings across three starts.
Clearwater (34-26) remains in first place in the FSL North with 10 games remaining in the first half.
Randolph got Clearwater on the board in the second inning. After Wilson Garcia led off with a single to right, Randolph took MLB rehabber Tom Koehler deep to right-center for his sixth home run of the year, putting the Threshers ahead 2-0.
Two innings later, Jan Hernandez led off the fourth with a solo blast to center, extending the advantage to 3-0. The round-tripper was Hernandez's ninth of the season.
The Threshers opened up a 5-0 lead in the sixth with a pair off reliever Jorgan Cavanerio. Hernandez drew a one-out walk, and Cord Sandberg followed with a double to center to put two in scoring position.
Emmanuel Marrero followed with a double to right, plating both Hernandez and Sandberg to put Clearwater ahead by five.
After Jupiter (25-34) got three back on a pair of homers off Luke Leftwich in the seventh, the game entered a brief rain delay prior to the start of the eighth.
Jupiter crept closer with a run off Jeff Singer in the eighth, but Herlis Rodriguez went deep to right for his seventh home run of the season in the ninth to make it 7-4. Singer then spun a perfect ninth to earn his 12th save.
Game two of the series is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m., when Edgar Garcia (1-1) toes the rubber in his fourth start of the year.
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