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Brooklyn won its fifth straight game on Friday, topping the Yankees 3-2 to move to within two games of first place in the McNamara Division.  The Cyclones (23-21) rode a strong pitching performance by starter Chris Schwinden (pictured, by George Napolitano) and timely hitting by the offense for the victory on Friday. 

Schwinden (1-1), making his first start of the season, went six innings, and allowed just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out seven.  Roy Merritt followed with 2.1 innings, in which he allowed one run, before Yury Santana came on for his team-high ninth save.

Matt Smith gave the Cyclones the lead in the top of the third, when he belted his first home run of the year, a solo shot off of SI's starter, David Phelps.  In the top of the seventh, with the score tied, Jason Jacobs and Jose Jimenez were both hit by pitches and then moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Campbell.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis then singled home Jacobs, and Jimenez scored on a wild pitch to the next batter, Sean Ratliff.

Brooklyn and Staten Island continue the crucial four-game series on Saturday at KeySpan Park.  A limited number of Box and Field Box seats are still available for the cross-borough showdown. 
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