BOWIE, Md.– A six-run fifth inning gave Bowie the lead and the Baysox (16-16) held on for a 7-6 win over the Hartford Yard Goats (19-14) in Thursday’s series opener at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. Trailing 7-6, Hartford had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth, but RHPTanner Chleborad(SV, 0.2 IP, K) gotYonathan Dazato ground to first and fannedBrendan Rodgersto end the game.

Chleborad notched his first save of the year and the first of his career at the Double-A level. LHPPaul Fry(0.2 IP, H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) issued a one-out walk in the ninth andScott Burchamfollowed with a two-run homer to left that brought Hartford within a run at 7-6.

In the afore-mentioned fifth inning, all six runs came with two outs.Martin Cervenkastood at third with two down beforeCedric Mullinstied the game via an RBI triple,Austin Haysgave the Baysox the lead with a two-run blast andAderlin Rodriguezhit a three-run jack later in the frame to stretch the Bowie lead to 7-2. The home run was Hays’ sixth of the year and Rodriguez’s second.

Yard Goats starterRyan Castellani(2-2) surrendered seven runs on nine hits to go along with a walk and a strikeout in six innings of work. Hartford grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third. A pair of singles started the frame before a fly out allowed both runners to advance into scoring position and a wild pitch charged to Baysox starterJohn Meansfollowed by aYonathan DazaRBI single brought home the runs.

The Baysox cut the lead to 2-1 with a run in the fourth as Hays led off with a single, went to third onCorban Joseph‘ssingle and scored onRyan Mountcastle‘sRBI single. Means (1-4) gave up two runs on seven hits while walking one and fanning six in 7.0 IP. The 7.0 IP marks the longest outing for Means since tossing 8.0 IP on July 1, 2017 at Akron. Hartford cut the lead to 7-4 onDom Nunez‘stwo-run shot in the eighth off of RHPMatthew Grimes(0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB).

Cervenka (2-3, 2B, R), Hays (2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Mountcastle (3-4, RBI, R) all had multi-hit games for manager Gary Kendall’s squad. Mountcastle was playing his first game of the year after missing time due to a wrist injury.

The series continues on Friday at 7:05 p.m. as LHPKeegan Akin(3-3, 3.31) gets the start for the Baysox against Yard Goats RHPJesus Tinoco(4-2, 4.68).

By Bowie Baysox