BATAVIA - Superb pitching lifted the Jamestown Jammers to an important victory to remain two games ahead of the State CollegeSpikes in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.
Cody Dickson, winner Justin Topa (4-1), Henry Hirsch and Brett McKinney limited Batavia to six hits in the Jammers' 4-2 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Wednesday night.
The win raised the Jammers' record to 33-20 while the loss dropped Batavia five games behind Jamestown with a 27-24 record.
Meanwhile, State College scored a run in the ninth inning to edge Mahoning Valley, 2-1, to raise its record 31-22.
Dickson started and worked five scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one while permitting three Batavia hits.
Topa took over and gave up a run and two hits followed by Hirsch for a scoreless inning and McKinney yielded a run in the ninth in picking up his sixth save.
Jarlin Garcia allowed just two hits in five innings for Batavia while fanning seven and walking none.
The scoreless deadlock was broken in the sixth inning against Topa.
Justin Bohn singled, stole second and went to third on an error by shortstop Adam Frazier. J.T. Riddle singled in the run, but Topa helped himself by getting Avery Romero to hit into a double play.
In the seventh inning, the Jammers took advantage of reliever Reid Redman to plate two runs without a hit.
Jeff Roy walked followed by Harold Ramirez reaching on an error by second baseman Romero. Jin-De Jhang laid down a sacrifice bunt and Edwin Espinal lofted a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1-1. Ramirez took third on the play and scored on a wild pitch by Redman for a 2-1 edge.
The Jammers, who had only a bunt single by Roy and a another single by Jhang, came alive and scored two runs in the ninth when they had four hits.
Frazier began the uprising with a single, Roy bunted unsuccessfully for the first out and Ramirez's infield single put Frazier on second base. Jhang had an RBI single to make it 3-1 and Espinal followed with another RBI single to increase the lead to 4-1.
McKinney began the ninth by allowing a single to Felix Munoz and on out later walked Austin Dean. Both runners advanced to second and third when first baseman Espinal made an error on a pickoff attempt by McKinney.
Scott Carcaise got Munoz in with an infield out and McKinney got the save by retiring Chad Wallach on a flyout to right fielder Elvis Escobar.
For the first time since Aug. 4, the Jammers, who were 4-3 on the road trip, are going to be home tonight at 7:05 against Batavia at Diethrick Park.