DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Tortugas erased a four run deficit for the second straight night in their 7-5 win over Bradenton Thursday at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Bradenton jumped out to a four run advantage after an inning and a half against LHP Ty Boyles. But just like Wednesday, it took Daytona less than three innings to erase the deficit.
Brantley Bell got the rally started with an RBI double in the bottom of the third. An inning later, the game would be tied by the newest Tortuga, Malik Collymore. Collymore, in his first day as a Tortuga, drilled a three-run bomb to right field for his first hit, tying the game at four.
The Tortugas would later push across a run in three straight innings to build a lead, scoring the first two without the benefit of a hit. Shane Mardirosian drew a one one walk in the sixth against LHP Cam Vieaux and later scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Mitch Piatnik lead off the seventh with a walk against RHP Miguel Rosario, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Bell fly ball.
Daytona would add their final run on a James Vasquez home run to right field to open the eighth, his fourth of the year. The home run extended his on-base streak to a season-best 16 straight games.
Boyles (5-6) settled down to allow four total runs on 10 hits over eight innings. Boyles became the seond Tortuga pitcher to make it through eight innings this year, joining Jesus Reyes. LHP Joel Bender earned his second hold, while RHP Jake Ehret notched his fourth save out of the bullpen.
The Tortugas head to Kissimmee for a weekend series with the Florida Fire Frogs. It begins with first pitch Friday at 7:05 PM. Coverage will begin at 6:50 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB with The Metcare Pregame Show.
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