The visiting Burlington Twins scored four first inning runs and made that early lead stand up to defeat the Maple Leafs, 7-4, at Dominico Field at Christie Pits, dropping Toronto into a seventh place tie with their guests.
Both teams have 3-6 records in the Intercounty Baseball League, just a half-game ahead of the last place Hamilton Cardinals, as the 36-game regular season hits the quarter mark.
Leaf starter Brett Lawson took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in the first inning. Lawson wound up allowing six runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out four and walking three, to slip to 0-3. Three relievers finished up, allowing just one hit over the final four innings, but by then it was too late.
Burlington starter Matthew St. Kitts lasted four innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on six hits with four strikeouts, so reliever Connor Smith notched the win with a perfect fifth inning, striking out two. Kurtis Robinson allowed one run on one hit over three innings to earn a save, striking out one.
Jeff Kosta had two hits, including a two-run double in the first, and Jeff MacLeod also drove in a pair of runs for the Twins, who never let the Leafs get closer than the 5-3 margin they had after four innings.
Jesse Bartle had two hits and scored a run for the Leafs, but Toronto’s offence continues to stall. Dan Marra had a hit and scored twice while Brandon Dhue, Damon Topolie and Jordan Castaldo all had RBI’s for Toronto.
In other league games, the Ottawa Fat Cats dumped the Guelph Royals, 7-5; the London Major took the first game of a doubleheader with the Barrie Baycats, 13-1 but dropped the second half, 3-0.