Jumbo Shrimp take first home series win with 8-4 victory over Norfolk

Costes, Gray homer in triumph over Tides

Tristan Gray and Marty Costes each blasted a home run as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp notched an 8-4 win over the Norfolk Tides for their first home series win of the season Sunday afternoon at 121 Financial Ballpark.

With the game tied at four, the Jacksonville (12-9) took control in the sixth.With one out, Troy Johnston doubled and Jonah Bride reached on a fielding error charged to Norfolk (9-12) first baseman Coby Mayo. With runners on first and second, Dane Myers singled home the go-ahead run to make it 5-4. A Griffin Conine walk loaded the bases. Costes then doubled home two runs, pushing the lead to 7-4.

The Jumbo Shrimp plated their final run in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Costes (2) blasted a solo home run to give Jacksonville a four-run cushion, 8-4.

Norfolk took the first lead of the game in the top of the second. With one out, Peyton Burdick walked and two batters later Ryan McKenna (2) walloped a two-run homer off Patrick Monteverde (W, 3-0) to put the Tides ahead 2-0.

Jacksonville answered back in the bottom of the second. Myers and Conine drew walks. A Costes single coupled with a Norfolk error scored Myers from second to cut the deficit to 2-1. Conine scored two batters later on a base hit from Victor Mesa Jr., evening the score at two. With a runner at second and two outs, Johnston knocked his second hit of the day, scoring Costes to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead.

The Jumbo Shrimp added to their total in the bottom of the third. Gray (8) led off the inning with a solo blast for a 4-2 advantage.

Norfolk evened the game in the top of the fifth. Connor Norby led off with a walk and went to third on a single from Mayo. Kyle Stowers grounded out but Norby scored from third, cutting Jacksonville’s lead to 4-3. Mayo advanced to second on the groundball and scored on a double from Burdick, tying the game at four.

Following an off day on Monday, Jacksonville heads to Memphis to start a six-game series on Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:45 p.m. ET. RHP Darren McCaughan (0-2, 6.88 ERA) gets the ball for Jacksonville and Memphis will counter with RHP Michael McGreevy (1-2, 5.14 ERA). Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN 690 AM and www.ESPN690.com.

ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and compete in the International League. The team calls 121 Financial Ballpark home for baseball but also a wide variety of additional community focused events with a goal of providing Affordable, Family, FUN to Northeast Florida. Winners of many marketing and sales awards and recognition since the team was rebranded prior to the 2017 season, the Jumbo Shrimp continually lead the state of Florida in attendance across all minor league professional sports organizations.

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