Todd Betts's second home run of the game -- a two-run shot -- keyed a five-run 10th inning for the Akron Aeros. That cushion proved to be just enough, as the Bowie Baysox rallied for four in their half of the inning but fell to the Aeros for the second straight night, 10-9, before 6,094 in a Class AA Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium.
After surrendering Betts's homer, losing pitcher Mike McDougal hit the next batter and was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Matt Hollowell. Scott Eibey relieved and yielded three more runs.
Bowie left-hander Mike Bell (5-2) started and was as shaky as the fielding behind him. Bell gave up two long home runs. Joe Kilburg had a three-run shot in the second inning. An inning later, Betts belted one even farther, clearing both fences in right field.
The Aeros were helped by sloppy play from Bowie's catcher-turned-right fielder Cesar Devarez, who in the second inning backpedaled late on a ball hit by Heath Hayes that went over his head. Hayes ended up at third and scored on Kilburg's homer.
One inning later, a soft popup by the Aeros' Scott Morgan fell untouched in short right field, and Devarez was charged with a two-base error. Bowie Manager Joe Ferguson replaced Devarez in the seventh. Since top catching prospect Jayson Werth was called up from Frederick on Tuesday and outfielder Eugene Kingsale was promoted to Rochester, Devarez has been forced to cede time at his regular position behind the plate and handle outfield chores.
"It's not his fault," Ferguson said. "We've got a short roster now, and we have a need in the outfield."