Tuesday July 24, 2012

BROCKTON -- For the first time since late June, the Pittsfield Suns have gone over the .500 mark.

The Suns got a combined seven-hitter from starter Mike RoBards and two relievers as they beat the Brockton Rox 6-2, for their sixth consecutive win.

The victory made the Suns 20-19, the first time they've been over .500 since they were 7-6 back on June 23.

Pittsfield -- 7-3 in its last 10 games -- is on a hot streak, but the Suns haven't been able to move up in the standings. They remain 91 2 games behind league-leading Nashua and 11 2 games out of the fourth and final Futures League playoff spot. The Suns trail Torrington and North Shore, who are tied for third.

RoBards (3-3), who was rocked pretty good in his last start, turned things around Monday. The lefty from San Diego State went 61 3 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out seven, lowering his earned-run average to 3.26.

Tito Marrero pitched 12 3 innings of shutout relief and Mike Meszoros threw a scoreless ninth. He did walk two batters, but pitched out of trouble.

Pittsfield went ahead for keeps with three runs in the top of the first inning. Losing pitcher Joe Fasano (1-3) retired the first hitter of the game then walked two and gave up a single to Brendan Slattery. Jimmy Ricoy then cleared the bases with a double to right.


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While RoBards did give up a two-run double to Mike Lupia in the bottom of the second inning, he made those three runs stand up.

The Suns gave him some insurance in the fourth on Deitrich's RBI single. Pittsfield added single runs in the seventh and the eighth.

J.J. Elseser, who came on for Rob McLam after McLam's first at-bat, had two of Pittsfield's 10 hits. It was the first multi-hit game of the year for Elseser.

Monday's game was the first of a home-and home series with the Rox, who visit Wahconah Park tonight at 7.