The Brooklyn Cyclones scored early and often in their New York-Penn League contest with Jamestown on Friday evening, leading the Jammers to their second loss in the past three games.
Brooklyn, on the way to evening its record at 22-22, plated four runs in the top half of the opening frame, another three in the fourth and, for good measure, one more in the fifth on the way to clinching the 8-1 victory at Diethrick Park.
Jamestown (28-16), which saw its Pinckney Division lead trimmed to three games after State College (25-19) managed a 1-0 victory over Vermont, has been outscored 15-3 over that three-game span.
The Cyclones needed only two pitchers to dispatch of the hosts as Miller Diaz, who didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, earned his fourth victory in five decisions when he hurled six innings of two-hit, one-run ball with eight strikeouts. Reliever Kevin McGowan took over from there, earning the three-inning save - his third of the season - by scattering three hits and fanning a pair.
Only Jeff Roy, Harold Ramirez and Edwin Espinal managed hits during the contest.
Ramirez scored Jamestown's lone run in the second, at the time cutting the deficit to 4-1, when he drew a leadoff walk, swiped second, moved to third on a Jin-De Jhang groundout and then crossed home following another groundout, this time by Espinal.
The RBI was Espinal's 22nd of the season.
The Cyclones chased Jamestown starter Chad Kuhl (1-3) after 3 innings. Kuhl surrendered nine hits, seven runs (six earned) and walked two in taking his second straight loss.
The relief trio of Will Kendall (1 innings), Oderman Rocha (3 innings) and Axel Diaz (1 inning) fared better, allowing a combined four hits and one run while fanning eight, but by the time they corraled the Cylcones' hitters, the damage was already done.
All four of Brooklyn's first-inning runs were scored with two outs.
Jonathan Clark and Patrick Biondi collected back-to-back singles to start the game and though it looked as though Kuhl had settled down when he got the next two hitters to ground out, that wasn't the case as Alex Sanchez, James Roche and Gavin Cecchini answered with three singles in a row to make the score 4-0. Given the way Miller Diaz was throwing, the early runs all but clinched the victory.
Biondi would finish with four hits in five at-bats with two runs scored, a triple and an RBI while Sanchez went 3-for-5 and King, despite delivering just one hit (a three-run double in the three-run fourth), drove in four runs.
Jamestown will be looking to even the series with Brooklyn tonight. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at Diethrick Park.