The Miracle (28-8) lead the FSL South Division while the Blue Jays (20-14) entered the four-game series at The Bill as the North Division Leader. The first game of the series was won by the Miracle thanks to their clutch two-out hitting. The Miracle plated all six of their runs with two outs.
Fort Myers got on the board in the first on a two-out, two-run double by Matt Koch, who lined a pitch by Aaron Sanchez just over the first base bag and down the right field line.
The Blue Jays got a run back in the third when Andy Burns singled home Matt Newman, who reached on a walk issued by starter Jason Wheeler. The Jays tied the game temporarily in the fourth when Newman plated Peter Mooney, who Wheeler also walked.
Levi Michael put the Miracle ahead for good in the fourth. Sanchez plunked Angel Morales, and after Jon Murphy grounded out for the second out of the inning, Michael belted a single up the middle that allowed Morales to score easily.
Nate Roberts, playing in his first game for the Miracle since being activated from the disabled list, was hit by a pitch by Tony Davis to force home Koch with the bases loaded in the sixth.
Morales completed the two-out scoring in the seventh when he blasted a pitch from Marco Grifantini to the left-center field gap for a triple that scored Miguel Sano and Kennys Vargas.
Wheeler pitched out of trouble in all five of his innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. He scattered eight hits, walked three and gave up two runs. He stranded six base runners.
Nelvin Fuentes pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Zack Jones recorded the last six outs without allowing a run to end the game.
Sanchez, the No. 1 ranked prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays, took the loss. He went five innings and struggled with his command. He gave up three runs, walked four batters and hit Morales.
No Miracle player had a multi-hit game, but seven of the nine in the lineup registered a hit. Stephen Wickens singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to seven straight games.
Baxendale struck out 10 and gave up just three hits in seven innings as the Miracle cruised to a 7-0 win.
The Miracle right hander from the University of Arkansas improved to 5-0 in six starts. He lowered his ERA to a minuscule 1.49 and he now has 35 strikeouts against only six walks in 36 1/3 innings this season.
The Miracle offense helped its starter by scoring in each of the first four innings. In his first game this season for the Miracle, Aderling Mejia doubled to lead off the first and later scored on an sac fly from Eddie Rosario.
Kennys Vargas, who walked three times, came home on a fielders choice in the second and Matt Koch drove home Miguel Sano in the third with a double to put the Miracle ahead 3-0.
The Miracle pulled away in the fourth inning by scoring four runs against Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell. Drew Leachman led off the frame by reaching on an error by short stop Jose Toussen. Jon Murphy followed with an RBI double.
After Stephen Wickens walked, Rosario picked up his second hit of the night with a double. Mitchell delivered a wild pitch that allowed Wickens to score from third and Sano added another run when he singled in Rosario to complete the scoring at 7-0.
That was more than enough for Baxendale, who retired nine of the past 10 batters he faced. Adrian Salcedo struck out three over the final two innings in relief of Baxendale.
Murphy and Rosario each had two hits for the Miracle.
Mitchell took the loss for the Yankees. He lasted four innings and gave up seven hits and seven runs. He walked five batters.