The Erie SeaWolves took advantage of a strange stretch in the fifth inning to score five unearned runs and ruin a strong effort from Bowie starter Mike Bell en route to a 7-3 victory over the Baysox last night in a Class AA Eastern League game at Prince George's Stadium.

Bowie (56-50), which slid to 3 1/2 games behind first-place Erie in the Southern Division, held a 3-0 lead entering the fifth, when everything fell apart. Seven straight Erie batters reached base, and the SeaWolves scored five unearned runs.

Juan Tolentino started the rally with a grounder that took a wild hop on second baseman Carlos Casimiro. Fausto Tejero then moved Tolentino to third with a bloop single, and Randy Betten reached on a Casimiro error. Tolentino scored on that play, and Tejero came in when Trent Durrington reached on a bunt single.

Eddie Christian's RBI single then tied the game for Erie (60-47). Larry Barnes and Shawn Wooten followed with RBI singles on consecutive hit-and-run plays.

Barnes's hit barely made it through the infield, and Casimiro couldn't quite make a play on Wooten's softly hit ball as the SeaWolves took a 5-3 lead. "There were some plays that should have been made," Bowie Manager Joe Ferguson said. "We gave them six runs."

Bowie had taken a 3-0 lead in the second when Rick Short and Wady Almonte hit back-to-back solo homers. Luis Matos added an RBI single later in the inning.

The Baysox did little else against Erie's Brian Cooper (9-5). The right-hander went the distance, allowing only two hits after the second.

AVALANCHE 4, KEYS 1: Luis Colmenares pitched six innings of three-hit ball to lead host Salem to a Class A Carolina League win.

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