BATAVIA - Home run power carried the Jamestown Jammers to their fifth straight win and 13th victory in the last 19 New York-Pennsylania League games on Saturday night.
Jordan Luplow and David Andriese connected for home runs as the Jammers (29-31) edged Batavia (28-34), 4-3, to remain four games behind Brooklyn (34-28) in the battle for the last wild card berth.
Although they didn't pick up any ground on Brooklyn, the Jammers did pick up some ground following losses by Staten Island (30-31), Lowell (29-32) and Williamsport (28-34).
The Jammers are behind Brooklyn, Connecticut (33-29) and Staten Island in the wild card standings with just over two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Luplow broke a 1-1 tie for the Jammers by slamming his fifth home run of the season over the right field fence at Dwyer Stadium with Carl Anderson aboard in the third inning off Jorgan Cavaneiro.
The inning began with an Elvis Escobar single and then Anderson forced him at second base. That brought Luplow to plate and he connected for a 3-1 lead.
In the first inning, Escobar singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on the first of two hits and first of three RBIs by Luplow, who now has 23 for the season.
The Muckdogs, who were blanked, 6-0, in Jamestown on Friday, evened the score at 1-1 on a RBI single off Alex McRae. Overall in that inning, the hosts had four singles off McRae but a double play helped his cause immensely.
Andriese blasted his first home run of the season while leading off the fourth inning for the Jammers to make it 4-1.
Batavia bounced back with two runs to slice the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth. Brad Haynal doubled, Aaron Blanton singled him to third and Kevin Grove doubled in a run. Rodrigo Vigil's infield out brought in Blanton. Grove wound up at third base but McRae (4-3) retired Widert Pujols on an infield out.
The Muckdogs continued to threaten the rest of the way, but McRae, Nick Neumann and Sam Street kept them scoreless.
Neumann was tagged for four hits in two innings of work and left the bases loaded in the eighth when Pujols fanned.
Street gained his fifth save of the season by setting the side down in order in the ninth for the Jammers.
The Jammers' pitching staff allowed a walk to Blanton in the sixth inning, the first base on balls in the last four games since they allowed three walks Monday at Aberdeen.
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Besides Luplow being the RBI standout, Escobar had three hits for the second straight game to up his Jamestown average to .326. He has gone 6-for-8 during that span.
Jamestown plays Batavia again at 4:05 p.m., today at Diethrick Park.