JUPITER - In a blisteringly quick 2-hour, 1-minute game, Nick Romero broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run double to back another strong outing by Dan Osterbrock Tuesday night as the Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-1.
With the win, the Miracle completed their first four-game sweep of the season, and finished with eight straight wins (14-4 overall) over the Hammerheads.
Osterbrock (6-8) lasted six innings, allowing just four hits with one walk to earn the victory. Jupiter'd only run came on a two-out solo home run by Jake Smolinski in the sixth. The effort lowered Osterbrock's Florida State League-best ERA to 2.72.
Matt Schuld tossed the final three innings, retiring the last eight hitters in a row, to record his first career save with the Miracle. He allowed no hits and struck out two. The two hurlers combined to limit Jupiter to four hits on the night.
Schuld, a Minnesota product from Division III St. Thomas University in St. Paul, is a 2010 undrafted free agent pickup by the Twins. Tuesday was his second appearance for the Miracle after starting the season with the Gulf Coast League Twins.
Scoreless in the sixth inning, Romero doubled off of Jupiter starter Joe O'Gara driving Angel Morales home with the first run and Brian Dozier scored on an errant relay throw.
After Smolinski's home run cut the score to 2-1, the Miracle added a run in the seventh. Chris Herrmann walked to open the inning, advanced to second on Allan De San Miguel's bunt, and scored on a sac-fly by Morales.
O'Gara (5-5) took the loss, giving up all three run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The game is the shortest the Miracle have played all season, beating a 2-hour, 4-minute contest between the two clubs on April 29th.
The Miracle (24-27) will try to extend their four-game winning steak Wednesday when they start a three-game series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Hammond Stadium. It is the final three meetings between the clubs this season.