Bob Wells struck out six in hurling his fourth straight win, and the Clearwater Phillies beat the Lakeland Tigers 7-4 in a Florida State League game Tuesday at Jack Russell Stadium. When the Tigers scored in the fourth, Wells (4-0) had pitched 24 consecutive innings without giving up a run. The former reliever was making only his second start of the season. He walked two and allowed six hits and three runs in his five innings of work.
Steve Parris, Chris Limbach, and Matt Stevens pitched effectively in relief. Stevens earned his ninth save.
Mike Rendina, the Lakeland first baseman, hit his first homer of the season in the fourth inning.
The teams play in Clearwater again today and then move to Lakeland for two games.
St. Petersburg 1
ST. PETERSBURG _ For the second straight night, the St. Petersburg Cardinals got superb pitching, but for the second straight night, the offense could not take advantage.
The Cardinals wasted a strong start by Tom Urbani on Tuesday night at Al Lang Stadium and lost to Charlotte 2-1. It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Cardinals and the fourth time in the past five games that they have failed to score more than one run.
Charlotte took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by No. 9 hitter James Clinton and a groundout by Timmie Morrow.
Urbani (0-3) allowed just three runners to reach base in his other six innings of work, and none of those runners reached second.
_ Correspondent Tom Jones contributed to this report.