Baysox pick up key win and move into second place

It was the final regular season home game for Bowie tonight, but maybe not the final time they will be at this stadium this year.

In front of a small, but enthusiastic crowd of 1,694, the Baysox beat Altoona 7-2 tonight and, coupled with Harrisburg's 3-2 loss to New Hampshire, they moved into second place in the Eastern League's Western Division.

They are a 1/2-game up on Harrisburg for the final playoff spot as Bowie now heads to Richmond for a four-game series that ends on Monday. Harrisburg heads to Binghamton for a five-game set that includes a twin bill Friday night.

Rick Zagone gave Bowie a strong start to gain his fifth win. He allowed just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Zagone had pitched to an ERA of 7.36 over his previous three starts.

Baysox slugger Joel Guzman got the offense started with a first-inning, three-run homer, his 33rd, which ties Walter Young's single-season club record, set in 2004. Carlos Rojas added a key two-run for the Baysox and they got an RBI double from Xavier Avery and solo homer from Ryan Adams.

Bowie improves to 74-64 and is hoping to see first-place Altoona again next week, when the first round of the playoffs start on Wednesday.

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