Three Potomac pitchers limited Wilmington to five hits, but the Cannons mustered just two hits of their own and lost to the Blue Rocks, 3-0, in a Class A Carolina League game shortened to 7 1/2 innings because of rain last night in Wilmington, Del.

Starting pitcher Robert Smith, reliever Rick Gonzales and Jose De Leon combined to strike out six batters over seven innings for Potomac (48-80). But Wilmington (72-57) pitcher Corey Thurman was equal to the task, limiting Potomac to one hit over seven innings.

BAYSOX 3, PHILLIES 2: In Reading, Pa., Wady Almonte's 10th-inning sacrifice fly scored Luis Matos from third to help Bowie avoid a three-game sweep.

Mike McDougal (4-7) earned the win, pitching two shutout innings. Ryan Kohlmeier earned his 22nd save, pitching a scoreless 10th. He struck out two.

Cliff Politte (9-8) took the loss, allowing one run over two innings.

Matos led off the 10th with a double to left-center and was sacrificed to third by Richard Paz. Rick Short followed with an infield single off the glove of third baseman Larry Huff, but Matos was unable to advance. Matos scored on Almonte's fly ball to right.

KEYS-INDIANS, PPD.: Last night's Class A Carolina League doubleheader at Frederick was postponed because of rain. One game will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight at 5:05; the other game will be made up during the Keys' trip to Kinston Sept. 2-5.