Rob Timo pitched five strong innings and Ben Watkins hit a two-run double before the Johnstown Grays held off a late NORAC Lab rally for a 5-3 AAABA League win Tuesday at Roxbury Park.

“The key right now is to be playing good baseball heading into the playoffs, and we think we’re starting to turn the corner,” Grays manager Chris Pfeil said. “They made some mistakes and we were able to take advantage of them, and put runs on the board. The ability to take advantage of people’s mistakes, sometimes that’s the difference in a ballgame.”

The fourth-place Grays (18-16) got all the offense they needed in the first two innings against NORAC starter Ryan Papcunik.

J.T. Baker lined a two-out, double to right field, scoring Matt Petrowsky, who had singled with one out in the bottom of the first.

The Grays struck for four runs in the second, taking advantage of a NORAC error on an apparent double-play grounder to third by Kyler Ford that scored Jake Oswalt. Evan Petro singled to plate Stephen Hermann, and second baseman Watkins doubled down the left-field line to chase home Ford and Petro for a 5-0 lead.

“You can’t leave these guys (NORAC) in the game,” Watkins said. “We had to get as many runs as possible.”

Timo allowed three hits, struck out three and walked two before giving way to Kris Park to start the sixth.

“Timo threw a really nice ballgame for them,” NORAC manager Len Beiter said.

Banner Mann, Jordan Becker and Colby Hazenstab scored in NORAC’s final at-bat to make things interesting. But Grays closer Andrew Rudnik, who entered with the bases loaded and one out, induced a pair ground-outs for the save.

“We didn’t do anything until that last inning,” Beiter said of his 20-13 club.

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