Carlos Casimiro's solo homer broke a seventh-inning tie, and the Bowie Baysox took full advantage of their limited offense to defeat the New Britain Rock Cats, 3-1, in a Class AA Eastern League game before a season-high crowd of 12,939 last night at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie (39-28) finished with only five hits, but each one helped the Baysox score a run and win their third straight. Tim DeCinces lined a one-out double to right in the second, and Casimiro singled him in for a 1-0 lead.

New Britain (28-40) tied it in the fourth on Steve Hacker's single, and Rock Cats starter Jason Ryan held the Baysox to two hits through six innings. But Casimiro lined a 1-0 pitch from Ryan over the left field fence leading off the seventh to break the tie. It was Casimiro's second homer in two days; he also homered in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.

Howie Clark then led off the eighth with Bowie's fourth hit, a double to right. Rick Short drove him in with a single to left.

"They made their opportunities count tonight," Baysox Manager Joe Ferguson said.

Short's hit extended his home hitting streak to 24 games. He has driven in 23 runs during the streak. Short entered the game third in the Eastern League in batting with a .343 average.

In his second start since coming up from Class A Frederick June 13, Bowie starter John Parrish struck out 10 and allowed just four hits. He's the first Baysox pitcher to strike out 10 in a game since Joel Bennett against Reading Aug. 26, 1997.

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