J.T. Hall took the league's home run lead and helped the Traverse City Beach Bums get one step closer to the East Division lead in the process.

Hall blasted his ninth round-tripper of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning in a 6-3 TC victory over Washington.

The Bums took an early 1-0 lead on Jose Vargas' RBI single that plated Matt Brown. Evan Sharpley came across on a passed ball in the fourth inning after he singled and stole second.

Hector Bernal tripled in Jose Vargas in the eighth for some insurance, and then Bernal came in on a James Guerrero groundout.

Combined with Windy City's 5-4 loss to Lake Erie, Monday's win puts the Beach Bums one game out of first place in the East Division. The Bums are tied with Joliet, whose Monday contest with Rockford was rained out.

Wayde Kitchens earned his first Beach Bums victory with five innings of work, giving up four hits and two earned runs.

Scott Mueller closed out the game with a three-strikeout ninth after 1.2 hitless innings by Scott Dunn and 1.1 one-hit frames by Don Pugliese.

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