Herald staff report
BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Marauders topped the Tampa Yankees for a third straight night, winning 5-3 Saturday at McKechnie Field. The game featured a 90-minute rain delay in the top of the first.
Colton Cain only pitched to two batters before the rain delay forced him from the game. Jhonathan Ramos provided 5 2/3 innings of excellent relief. He held the Yankees to three one-run innings. He allowed solo home runs to Zach Wilson and Slade Heathcott.
The Marauders erased a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the second inning on a three-run homer from Carlos Mesa, his second of the season. Alex Dickerson led off the inning with his 22nd double and was joined on base by Carlos Paulino, who was walked by Sean Black. Dickerson also drove in a run during the Marauders two-run fifth inning.
Josh Poytress pitched two scoreless innings after inheriting a 5-3 lead. Zach Foster pitched a perfect ninth for his third save of the season. The Marauders got seven hits from seven different players in the win.
Bradenton will try for a four-game sweep on Sunday. The game starts at 5 p.m. with gates opening at 4 p.m. Bradenton has beaten Tampa six straight times this season.