The difference in the game came early, with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Andres Hernandez (5-3) allowed a double to Kennedy that landed just past the outstretched arm of Trancoso in deep center. Hernandez walked Hartman, then George Avina hit an RBI double on a 1-2 count, on a pitch up in the zone and along the outside corner. Jonah Lopez also fought through a two-strike count, hitting another hanging pitch up and away for a two-run double and a 3-0 lead.
"It was just fastballs I left up in the zone," said Hernandez, who allowed four earned runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. "I came down and I couldn't locate. It was tough, I couldn't get the last out. That was pretty much the difference in the game."
Another Eagles' threat was stuffed in the top of the third. Matt Jarmacz hit an opposite-field single to right. But Hartman struck out the next two hitters, then Rios fisted a fastball to shallow center.