NEWARK – Luis Rodriguez continued his assault on Newark Bears’ pitching by collecting a run-scoring triple and a three-run homer, good for five RBI, leading the Bridgeport Bluefish to an 8-6 victory over the Bears Thursday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
Rodriguez, who had two hits and three RBI in Bridgeport’s 12-2 victory on Wednesday, put the Bluefish ahead for good with a three-run homer in the sixth inning off Bears starter Mike Loree (3-7), turning a 6-5 deficit into an 8-6 lead. The Bears (3-4 in the second half) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning off starter Dan Serafini (1-1), when Daryle Ward doubled and scored on a single by Manny Mejia.
The lead was short lived, as Bridgeport erupted for five runs in the top of the third. Hiram Bocachica singled and scored on Rodriguez’s triple to center, tying the game at 1-1. Rodriguez scored on an error, giving Bridgeport a 2-1 lead. After Adam Greenberg walked, Josh Phelps smacked an RBI double for a 3-1 Bridgeport lead and Willy Mo Pena then blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall for a 5-1 lead.
Newark came back with three runs off Serafini in the home third on consecutive RBI singles by Kennard Jones, Elijah Dukes and Daryle Ward, cutting the lead to 5-4. The Bears took back the lead in the fourth inning on a two-run double by Pablo Ozuna, but the Bluefish came back to take the rubber game of the series.
Chris Rivera pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Bridgeport, followed by one perfect inning each from former major leaguers Antonio Alfonseca and Jorge Julio, with Julio collecting his 14th save of the season. The Bears managed just three hits, all singles, after the fourth inning. Rodriguez and Bocachica had two hits each for the winners, while Ozuna, Ward, Mejia and Randy Gress had two hits apiece for the Bears.
The Bears head out on the road for a seven-game swing that begins with a weekend series against York. Game is set for 7:00 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
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