The Lakewood BlueClaws scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to reclaim the lead from the West Virginia Power and never relinquish it, beating the Power, 8-5, in Lakewood.
The Power (31-26) had a chance to gain at least a share of first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, but couldn't hold the lead. With the game tied at 5-5 in the seventh, Art Charles doubled in two runners for Lakewood and Willie Carmona singled in Charles.
West Virginia jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the BlueClaws (23-32) in the first inning thanks to a pair of homers. The first, a solo homer to left, came from leadoff hitter Max Moroff. The second was Stetson Allie's 16th home run of the year, a shot to left that also scored Josh Bell.
Lakewood took its first lead in the bottom of the sixth after Jake Burnette replaced Power starter Tyler Glasnow. Burnette gave up a Carmona RBI double and a Mitch Walding RBI single to give Lakewood a 5-4 lead. West Virginia tied the game in the top of the seventh on a Bell RBI single before the BlueClaws' rally.
Glasnow struck out eight in five innings, giving up three earned runs on two hits for a no decision. Burnette took the loss, allowing five earned runs on three hits in 12/ 3 innings. The Power returns to Appalachian Power Park for a six-game homestand starting Tuesday versus Delmarva at 7:05 p.m.