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Around the minors 8.30.11

BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 3: Brahiam Maldonado’s solo homer in the ninth broke a tie. Maldonado has now homered in three straight games and ranks second in the Eastern League with 27 long balls. Binghamton has won four straight and 11 or 12. B-Mets starter Robert Carson allowed three runs on five hits in five innings in a no-decision. The B-Mets had difficulties early on against Erie starter Trevor Feeney. In his second Double-A start, the righty tossed a perfect first inning and worked around a one-out walk to Allan Dysktra in a scoreless second. He allowed a single to Niuman Romero in the third, but escaped when Romero was thrown out trying to steal. Binghamton almost broke through in the fourth. Juan Lagares led off with a single, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. After Reese Havens flied out, Lagares swiped second and moved to third on a wild pitch. He was stranded when Dykstra grounded out. The B-Mets scored in the fifth. Michael Fisher and Kai Gronauer had back-to-back singles. With two out, Matt den Dekker walked. Lagares then roped a two-out single to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Lagares is now 7-for-12 as a B-Met with runners in scoring position and two outs. Binghamton added another run when Feeney balked on a pickoff throw. The misplay brought home den Dekker for a 3-0 lead. Erie answered in the sixth. Shawn Roof tripled and scored on Jamie Johnson’s double. Ensuing batter Brandon Douglas sent a pop up behind first that plopped to the outfield grass. Johnson tried to advance to third, but Dysktra gunned him out. Justin Henry followed the fluky play with a scorcher up the middle. The hit prompted Wally Backman to insert reliever Ricky Brooks. Pounds greeted him with a single to load the bases. Rawley Bishop tied the score with a two-run single. Erie reliever Rob Waite retired the final seven he faced and exited after three scoreless innings. Brooks faced the minimum in the seventh and gave way to Brad Holt in the eighth. The righty worked around a one-out error by Romero at shortstop to keep Erie off the board. Tyler Stohr inherited a tie score when he entered in the ninth. Maldonado changed that when he ripped his team-leading 27th homer. Josh Stinson took over in the ninth. Bryan Holaday started the inning with an infield single. He moved to second on Michael Rockett’s sac bunt and advanced to third on Brent Wyatt’s groundout. But Shawn Roof failed to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt, striking out to end the game. Stinson collected his sixth save. Brooks suffered his seventh blown save. Right-hander Jeurys Familia (4-3, 3.59) opposes left-hander Jay Voss (9-6, 3.57) Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 1: Cesar Puello had a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth. Stefan Welch contributed three hits. Mike Powers tossed four innings in relief and earned the win. Darin Gorski and Matt Tomshaw exchange zeros through the first five innings before turning the game over to the bullpens. The Miracle scored against Powers in the sixth. The score remained 1-0 into the bottom of the eighth. Welch then singled and advanced to third on a Jefry Marte hit. Puello followed with a two-run double, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Powers (5-5) retired the Miracle 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to record the win. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out five. Wilmer Flores, Marte and Puello had two hits apiece. The Mets and Miracle complete their season series Wednesday as Armando Rodriguez (4-4, 3.42) starts for St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 11, CHARLESTON 8: The Sand Gnats rode a seven-run fourth inning past Charleston in their regular-season home finale as the South Atlantic League playoff picture became clearer. With Greenville’s win, the Drive clinched the second-best overall record in the SAL Southern Division. Augusta’s loss dropped it one game behind the Gnats for first place. If the Gnats win the second half, they will play Greenville in the first round of the playoffs. Both Asheville and Greenville are two games behind the Gnats with five games to play in the regular season. If Augusta, Asheville or Greenville comes back to win the second half, it will be the Gnats’ first-round playoff opponent. In a 2-2 game in the fourth, Blake Forsythe began the surge with a single. With two out, Charleston starter Shane Greene issued four consecutive walks to force in two runs. Greene then hit Albert Cordero to force in the third run of the inning and put Savannah ahead 5-2. Reliever Thomas Kahnle entered. Joe Bonfe, the first batter Kahnle faced, ended an 11-pitch confrontation with a two-run single. Forsythe then ripped a double, his second hit of the inning, to drive home the final two runs of the frame. Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton (5-4) held the ‘Dogs to three runs (one earned) in five innings. Darrell Ceciliani was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, walk, RBI and two runs scored. The Gnats are off Wednesday. Angel Cuan (10-3, 3.71) opposes Lexington’s Michael Foltynewicz (5-11, 4.88) Thursday. Box

KINGSPORT 10, BRISTOL 5: Hicksville, L.I., native Cam Maron went 4-for-4 with three doubles and scored twice. Tant Shepherd contributed a three-run homer. Kenneth McDowall tossed two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Four runs (three earned) were charged to Robert Lake, who did not record an out. Phillip Evans went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 3, LOWELL 0: Carlos Vazquez (4-2) allowed only one walk through six his innings. Lowell’s lone hit came with one out in the eighth. Vazquez retired the first 12 Spinners in order to start the game for the Cyclones, but Luis Diaz (4-4) was just as sharp for Lowell, keeping Brooklyn scoreless through the first four innings. In the fifth, the Cyclones broke through thanks to a solo shot from catcher Xorge Carrillo. In the bottom half, Vazquez walked Adalberto Ibarra to give Lowell its first baserunner. The southpaw then was able to retire the next two batters to keep the Spinners scoreless. Jack Leathersich, who was making a homecoming after attending UMass Lowell, came out of the bullpen for the Cyclones and struck out the side in the seventh. In the eight, the left-hander retired the first batter he faced before Jose Garcia broke up the Brooklyn no-hit bid with a single. Leathersich made quick work of the next two batters to send the game into the ninth with Brooklyn still leading, 1-0. In the Cyclones’ final at-bat, Cole Frenzel and Brian Harrison singled. Travis Taijeron then sent a booming double to right field, scoring both runners to push the Brooklyn advantage to 3-0. Todd Weldon closed out the one-hitter with a scoreless ninth to collect his fifth save. Box

Compiled from team reports