It seems a return to the friendly confines of Diethrick Park was just what the Jamestown Jammers needed to get back on track.
Led by the outstanding pitching of right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas, who tossed five innings of three-hit ball, the Jammers defeated the visiting Batavia Muckdogs, 5-2, to snap a two-game losing streak and maintain its position atop the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division standings.
Neverauskas fanned three, walked one and surrendered two runs (one earned) on the way to evening his record at 2-2.
Taking the loss, meanwhile, was former Jammer Helpi Reyes, who was touched for three runs on five hits over five innings at the park he once called home.
Neverauskas carried a 1-0 lead - courtesy of a Harold Ramirez two-out RBI single that scored Jin-De Jhang - into the top of the third inning before experiencing a minor hiccup as the Muckdogs (10-11) took a 2-1 lead behind a walk; a pair of singles, including Connor Burke's two-run base hit; an error and a wild pitch.
Neverauskas recovered quickly, however, getting Austin Dean to ground into an inning-ending double play to escape the third and then setting down six of the final seven batters he faced.
Jamestown regained the lead in the fifth when JaCoby Jones, a third-round draft choice out of LSU, smacked the second triple of his still-young career to plate Adam Frazier, who had walked. Jones then came around to score, giving the Jammers a 3-2 lead, a batter later when Jhang doubled.
The Jammers cushioned their advantage with a run in the sixth (Francisco Aponte belted his first home run of the season) and another in the eighth to reach the winning margin.
Ramirez finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI; Jhang went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI; and Jones, through six games, kept his hitting streak (now at five games) alive and his batting average above .400 (it's .407) by going 1-for-4 with a run driven in and a run scored.
Neverauskas gave way first to reliever Jared Lakind and then Roberto Espinosa. Together the pair went four innings, allowed just one hit and issued one walk.
Espinosa, who fanned four over two innings of work, earned the save, his first this year.
Jamestown is back on the road again tonight, and kicks off a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate Hudson Valley Renegades at 7:05 p.m.
The Renegades currently sport a 13-10 record but maintain a half-game advantage over the Aberdeen IronBirds for first place in the McNamara Division.