The Bowie Baysox and Akron Aeros split their first 16 games of the season before last night's game, one that showed why they're so evenly matched. Akron took a six-run lead, but the Baysox cut it to one and nearly tied it before falling, 8-6, in a Class AA Eastern League game before 3,962 at Prince George's Stadium.

Reliever Scott Eibey enabled the Baysox to rally from a 6-0 deficit, throwing four scoreless innings. Bowie (51-43) trailed 7-1 when the left-hander entered in the fourth.

"This team just will not die," Bowie shortstop Augie Ojeda said. "We have great chemistry in our clubhouse."

Bowie starter Chad Paronto (0-3) walked three, hit one and threw a wild pitch that helped the Aeros (53-42) get two runs in the first. Mike Huelsmann hit a solo homer in the second, and Heath Hayes belted a three-run homer for the 6-0 margin.

However, Rick Short's solo homer in the seventh cut the deficit to 7-6.

Frank Taveras gave the Aeros some insurance in the ninth with his first hit of the season, an RBI single off Ryan Kohlmeier that made it 8-6.