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Tampa surges past Miracle

Despite committing four errors and giving up 15 hits, the Tampa Yankees were able to pull out an 11-8 victory over the Fort Myers Miracle because of a late offensive explosion.

Down 6-3 after seven innings, the Yankees rallied. Carlos Yedo hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brian Buchanan's single in the ninth brought home Jose Lobaton to send the game into extra innings.

After the Miracle scored two runs in the 12th, Tampa tied the game on Sloan Smith's two-run homer. With two outs in the 13th, Chris Wilcox hit a single, scoring Vic Brown for the decisive run. Buchanan added insurance runs with a two-run home run _ the Yankees' third two-run homer of the day.

SARASOTA 4, DUNEDIN 2: Jim Farrell went 7 innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits for the visiting Red Sox. He struck out four and walked none to win his sixth game.

Ahead 2-0 in the sixth inning, Sarasota's Tony DeRusso singled to rightfield to score Ethan Faggett, then came home two batters later on a wild pitch for the final run.

LAKELAND 11, CLEARWATER 8: The Tigers erupted for 19 hits and scored seven runs in the final three innings to outlast the host Phillies.

Jerry Salzano, Ryan Balfe, Mike Darr and Santiago Perez accounted for most of Lakeland's offense, each recording three hits.

Mitch Williams, who hopes to return to Philadelphia by Aug.1, pitched the ninth inning for Clearwater, giving up an earned run on three hits.

CHARLOTTE 4, ST. PETERSBURG 2: Mike Coolbaugh went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to lead the host Rangers.

The Cardinals' Blake Stein took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 6 innings.

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