The Fort Myers Miracle lit up Bradenton Marauders starter Jameson Taillon for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to an 8-4 win Wednesday night at Hammond Stadium.
The Miracle entered the bottom of the fourth in a 1-1 tie, but tagged Taillon (3-6) for four consecutive hits, including three doubles. After Josmil Pinto cracked a line drive off the base of the wall in left, Oswaldo Arcia yanked a double down the first base line to plate a run.
Lance Ray laced a 2-0 pitch into center field bringing Arcia home. After Anderson Hidalgo took second on a ground rule double moving Ray to third, Michael Gonzales delivered a sacrifice fly for another run scored.
The next hitter, Andy Leer, hit a grounder that popped off the first base bag for a single. With runners at first and third, Angel Morales lifted a big fly over the right field fence for a three-run homer to push the Miracle in front 7-1. The long ball is Morales' first since April 14.
The Miracle pounded out eight runs on 12 hits with six different members of the lineup recording an RBI.
On a designated staff day for Miracle pitchers, Matt Hauser made his first professional start and allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings. Nelvin Fuentes (3-0) went two innings with two runs given up, but earned the win and Edgar Ibarra also surrendered two runs, one unearned, in two innings.
Dan Sattler recorded the final six outs in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the Miracle's fourth consecutive victory; tying a team-high for the season. The Miracle have also won six of the last eight games.
The Miracle (27-36) go for a sweep of the Marauders (26-40) in the series finale and last game prior to the All-Star Break on Thursday at Hammond Stadium.