Right-hander Josh Towers set a club record for innings pitched and Augie Ojeda broke a tie in a wild seventh inning to lead the Bowie Baysox to a 6-1 victory over the Altoona Curve in a Class AA Eastern League game last night before a season-high 14,099 at Prince George's Stadium.
Towers broke the record in the sixth inning with 177 2/3 innings pitched, a mark previously held by Brian Sackinsky.
"It's a great feeling when I didn't even know if I was going to start the season, to pitch 180 innings," said Towers, who pitched a complete game.
Left-hander Jim Baron dropped to 9-8, yielding six runs on 12 hits in six innings.
The Baysox (69-63) took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on Ojeda's homer to left. Darrell Dent singled up the middle, advanced to third on two consecutive steals and scored on a wild pitch by Baron, who was ejected for protesting the call at the plate.
Baron's departure proved disastrous for the Curve (64-68). Reliever Tony Runion gave up two runs, one of which was charged to Baron, on two base hits to make it 5-1.
Luis Matos hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth to increase the lead to 6-1. Towers (12-6) gave up one run and four hits in his fifth complete game of the season--second best in the Eastern League.
The Curve's only run came in the second when Rob Mackowiak hit a run-scoring double to score Garrett Long, who had walked.
Towers is now 9-1 in games in which he has walked a batter and 3-5 in games in which he hasn't.
* BLUE ROCKS 7, CANNONS 2: Potomac surrendered single runs in the first and third innings and two more in the fifth, and host Wilmington went on to complete a sweep of a four-game Carolina League series.
* INDIANS 4, KEYS 1: Frederick yielded two runs in the first inning and went on to lose its final home game of the season to Kinston before a season-high crowd of 10,848. Darnell McDonald drove in the lone Keys run with a single in the third.
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