A wild game early on turned into a battle of bullpens late.
In the end, the York Revolution outlasted the Camden Riversharks 7-6 in the opening game of an eight-game road trip on Thursday night at Campbell's Field. The Revs have now won three consecutive games and 10 of their last 13 overall, and will take on the 'Sharks again on Friday night.
The Revs got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the top of the first. Justin Greene led off the game with a single, stole his first of two bases on the night and scored on a single by Eric Patterson, who picked up his 75th RBI of the year. Patterson took second on an error and scored on a bloop single by Chad Tracy, who collected his 77th RBI of the season.
Camden sent nine men to the plate in a four-run second inning, taking the lead.
Patterson, however, crushed a solo homer, his 14th of the year, in the top of the third to bring the Revs back within a run at 4-3. York then enjoyed a four-run inning of its own, courtesy of four hits and a whopping four Camden errors to take a 7-4 lead in the fourth.
Bryant Nelson led off the big fourth with an infield hit, and Sean Smith followed with a bloop single. Tim Battle then grounded into a fielder's choice, but a throwing error scored Nelson to tie the game and moved Battle to second. Alberto Espinosa then reached on an error by the first baseman to put runners at the corners. Espinosa claimed his third stolen base of the year, all in the past week, and in doing so, forced a throwing error by the catcher to bring home Battle with the go-ahead run. Greene then rapped an RBI triple and Wilson Valdez smoked an RBI single to complete the rally.
Bryan Pounds tagged a two-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the fourth, pulling Camden back within a run at 7-6, but neither team scored the rest of the way.
Revs starter Alain Quijano (10-6) survived to earn the win, despite being charged with six runs in five-plus innings. He becomes the 10th pitcher in Revs history to notch 10 wins in a season and the fifth in the league to reach the mark this season.
Reliever Greg Miller made his Revs debut with two scoreless innings, recording six outs while retiring all five batters faced. Ian Durham worked a perfect eighth, and Mark Hendrickson allowed only a two-out walk in an otherwise clean ninth for his third save in as many nights.
Notes: Camden's six errors ties the most ever in a game by a Revs opponent, along with a six-error game by Camden in 2011. The 'Sharks had previously committed five errors in a game against York twice this year. ... The Revs tallied a season-high-tying five stolen bases as a team for the third time this season. Smith notched his 30th stolen base of the season, joining Valdez as the only two players in Revs history to reach that mark. ... The Revs have now won six consecutive one-run games, improving to 20-15 in one-run decisions this season. ... The Revs improved to a season-high 19 games over .500 at 65-46. The club record is 22 games over .500 established at the end of the 2011 season. It is the Revs' best record through 111 games in franchise history. ... The Revs maintained a half game lead in the division, now 24-17 in the second half. ... York's Jorge Martinez (6-7, 3.75) faces Camden's Wes Torrez (4-3, 4.14) in Friday's game at 7:05 p.m.