Luke Quaccia and Andy Bevins hit back-to-back homers for the second time in three games as the Potomac Cannons rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Kinston Indians in a Class A Carolina League game last night before 1,839 at Pfitzner Stadium.
"I've been kidding [Quaccia] that I just wait for him to hit one then I hit one just to keep pace," said Bevins, who hit his league-leading 25th home run. "I don't want him to think he's catching up to me."
Reliever Jose DeLeon (5-6) earned the victory and Kaipo Spenser (3-4) took the loss.
Cannons starter Robert Smith (3-9) threw six shutout innings until DeLeon relieved him in the seventh and gave up the first run of the game -- an RBI single to Dustan Mohr -- in the eighth. Smith matched a season high with nine strikeouts and in one stretch retired 14 batters in a row.
The Cannons have averaged only 2.88 runs in games that Smith has pitched. "Every time he goes out there he basically shuts the other team down," Bevins said. "We just don't seem to get runs for him."
They got them last night in the eighth inning. Jack Wilson singled to left and Quaccia belted an off-speed pitch to right for a home run and a 2-1 lead. Bevins followed with a homer to left on a 2-0 count.
"I knew Luke had hit an off-speed pitch so I figured he'd come after me with fastballs," Bevins said. "I got one a little bit lower in the zone and I hit it as hard as I could."
Jason Marr retired the side in the ninth for his 20th save.
PELICANS 3, KEYS 2: Mike Terhune knocked in Louis Martinez with one out in the bottom of the 12th to give host Myrtle Beach the Class A Carolina League win.
Frederick's Ivanon Coffie forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
The Keys fell to 30-34. The Pelicans (41-24) won their season-high eighth game in a row and have a 2 1/2-game lead over Kinston for first place in the Southern Division.