The Jamestown Jammers scored two runs in the eighth inning Monday night to break a 6-6 tie and then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to defeat the visiting Auburn Doubledays, 8-7, and remain tied atop the Pinckney Division standings.
The Jammers' divisional co-leaders, State College, meanwhile, edged Batavia, 2-1, in 11 innings.
Both the Spikes and the Jammers raised their New York-Penn League records to 35-23 while the Batavia Muckdogs, who had been threatening to leapfrog one or the other, fell to 29-27 and now find themselves five games back with a little more than two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Jamestown, which had built leads of three and four runs before allowing Auburn to tie the contest in the top of the seventh, nearly squandered its advantage yet again as Roberto Espinosa, who had entered the game and pitched a flawless eighth, ran into some trouble in the top of the ninth.
After a fanning the inning's first batter, Espinosa surrendered two walks and a single to load the bases. He was then chased from the mound a batter later when he allowed an RBI groundout by Matt Foat that cut the deficit to one run, 8-7.
Brett McKinney came on in relief, however, and promptly secured the victory, forcing another groundout for his seventh save.
Espinosa (2-2), who tossed 1 innings with three strikeouts and three walks, was awarded the victory.
The Jammers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the eighth with a pair of runs.
Squaring off against Auburn pitcher Jake Joyce (1-3), Michael Fransoso started the rally with a one-out double to right and then scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Elvis Escobar's single.
Later in the inning, after Joyce had issued a pair of intentional walks to load the bases, Adam Frazier drew the Jammers' third walk of the inning, plating Erich Weiss for what would turn out to be the game-winning run.
The RBI was Frazier's third of the game, and he now has 21 this season.
Jamestown scored four runs in the first - thanks in large part to Edwin Espinal's three-run home run - and one apiece in the second and third frames, but starting pitcher Cody Dickson couldn't keep the Doubledays' hitters contained.
After scoring once in the top of the first, Auburn added two runs in the third, two in the fourth and, finally, one in the seventh to knot the game.
Dickson finished with the no decision after scattering four hits, five runs and two walks over 3 innings.
The Jammers will be looking to make it three victories in a row tonight when they travel to Mahoning Valley for the first of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.