The York Revolution did what they do best on Wednesday night, letting the league's top offense steal the show in an 11-5 win over the Camden Riversharks at Sovereign Bank Stadium. York's third straight win and fourth in the last five games propels the Revs into sole possession of first place in the Freedom Division's second half, one game ahead of Lancaster, who lost on Wednesday.
The top four batters in the Revolution offense combined to go 11-for-16 with three homers, three doubles, nine RBI, and 10 runs scored, leading a 15-hit attack.
The Sharks struck first on a two-run homer by Raul Padron in the first inning, but the Revs answered with a pair of runs on back-to-back RBI doubles from Ramon Castro and Jose Herrera.
Camden edged back on top with a second inning run on a two-out single by Chris Walker, but the Revs re-tied it an inning later, when Victor Rodriguez came across to score on a double play.
The Sharks took their final lead at 4-3 on a two-out RBI single to left by Juan Francia in the fourth inning, chasing York starter Celson Polanco (3.2 innings, seven hits, four runs).
Eric Ackerman (4-0) came on to retire all five that he faced in relief making his home debut, and earned his second win in three appearances with York when the Revs took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.
The go-ahead hit came in the form of a two-run homer from Rodriguez which landed on Arch Street for his fifth blast in just 25 games with York, lifting the Revs to a 5-4 advantage, but the offense was far from done.
Centerfielder Scott Grimes preserved the lead, robbing Francia with a running catch in deep left-center that saved at least two runs, if not an inside-the-park homerun, to end the top of the sixth. Grimes banged into the fence on the play, and was writhing in pain clutching his right knee, but stayed in the game.
The Revs pulled away with three in the seventh, and three more in the eighth.
After a Grimes walk and an error on a fielder's choice set the table with runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Castro stroked his second RBI double of the night to left field, as the lead grew to 6-4. That chased Camden starter Gabe Alfaro (2-5), and Herrera greeted reliever Eddy Camacho with an RBI single to left. Castro later scored on a double play, increasing the bulge to 8-4.
Camden recovered a run in the eighth (unearned) on an RBI double to left-center from Chris Malec, but the Revs blew it open in their half of the inning.
A two-out double from Chuck Jeroloman kept the inning alive, and Grimes took advantage with a line-drive two-run homer that cleared the Arch Nemesis in left. Liu Rodriguez followed with a towering homerun to right field, as the Revs went back-to-back for the third time this year.