Carlos Duran's two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning propelled the Batavia Muckdogs to a 4-3 victory over the Jamestown Jammers in a New York-Pennsylvania League game Sunday at Diethrick Park.
Duran's heroics came after Jamestown had broken a 2-2 tie, courtesy of Taylor Gushue's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. But the Jammers, one out away from extending their winning streak to six games, couldn't hold the lead.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Miguel Rosario retired the first two batters, but then walked the next two. Eric Dorsch came on to try and get the last out, but Duran ripped a double to right field, scoring Mason Davis and Javier Lopez. Dorsch, who suffered his first blown save of the season, fanned Brad Haynal for the final out, but the damage had been done.
Jamestown did get a runner on with one out in the bottom of the ninth after Erik Forgione's infield single, and had a runners on first and second with two outs following a walk to Jordan Luplow, but Batavia's Alex Carreras recorded his second save by getting Gushue to fly out to end the game.
The loss dropped the Jammers to 29-32, eight games behind State College in the Pinckney Division and 4 games behind in the wild-card hunt. The Muckdogs improve to 29-34, nine games behind the Spikes and 5 games back in the wild-card chase.
The Jammers scored a run in each of the first and second innings off Batavia starter Ben Holmes to take a 2-0 lead. Elvis Escobar led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to right field and Trace Tam Sing delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second.
Batavia countered with a run in the fourth inning off Jamestown starter Austin Coley when K.J. Wood homered to right, and an inning later Brad Haynal delivered an RBI single off Oderman Rocha to tie the game, 2-2.
The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the eighth. Escobar singled off reliever Juancito Martinez and moved to second on Luplow's sacrifice bunt. With Gushue batting, Escobar moved to third on a passed ball and Gushue followed with his double, his 13th of the season, to score Escobar.
Armed with a 4-3 lead, though, the Jammers couldn't hold it.
Duran, Haynal and Woods each had two hits for Batavia, which only had six as a team. Escobar, Simpson and Forgione all had two hits for Jamestown.
The Jammers are off for two days for the NY-P League all-star game, which will be played Tuesday. They return to action Wednesday when they begin a five-game homestand against Batavia on Wednesday and Thursday, before State College comes to town Friday, Saturday and Sunday.