The Gateway Grizzlies scored 11 runs in the first two innings Thursday night and held on for a 14-9 victory against Rockford at Aviators Stadium.
The win gave the Grizzlies their 11th series win of the season and helped them maintain their three-game lead over River City in the West Division.
Gateway (33-16) collected 15 hits as a team with five players picking up two hits or more. Michael Wing and Niko Vasquez both had three hits. Wings went 3-for-4 with five runs batted in and three runs scored.
With six runs in the first inning and five more in the second inning, Gateway took an early 11-0 lead.
Vasquez, Wing and Richard Seigel all picked up first inning RBI singles while Tommy Richards brought in a run on a fielder's choice and TJ Bennett capped off the big first inning with a two-run double.
The Grizzlies powered their way to five more runs in the second inning. Wing belted a grand slam home run and Richards drilled a solo home run.
Rockford (21-25) closed the gap with a six-run second inning against Gateway starting pitcher Aaron Newcomb.
Newcomb allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in one and two thirds innings.
Gateway added a run in the fourth inning on a Ben Waldrip RBI groundout and Rockford answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.
Vasquez and Hernandez picked up back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh inning to give Gateway a 14-7 lead.
Grizzlies reliever Chris DeBoo (3-0) got the win after allowing just one unearned run in three and a third innings.
The Grizzlies head home Friday night to start a three-game series against the Southern Illinois Miners. First pitch is set for 7:05.