Beavers Come From Behind To End Losing Streak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jason Codiroli hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead triple in the ninth inning and Chad Huffman went 4-for-4 with two doubles as the Portland Beavers rallied to snap a nine-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field Thursday night.
Danny Putnam led off the ninth with a game-tying homer off Ryan Speier (2-2) before Codiroli, who was transferred from Class A Eugene on Tuesday, tripled home Brett Dowdy to put the Beavers on top for good.
Huffman's four-hit game - his second of the season - helped him extend his streak to nine straight at-bats with a hit. In his eight games in Colorado Springs this season, the Beavers outfielder finished with a .621 average (18-for-29) with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Dowdy and Mike Baxter each had three hits for the Beavers (58-82), who led 4-1 before giving up four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Former Beaver Paul McAnulty hit his second home run as a Sky Sox (72-66) and drove in two runs while Chris Frey and Matt Murton each had two hits.
Colorado Springs entered the day ahead of Tacoma by two games in the Pacific North Division race.
Edwin Moreno (3-3) got the win for Portland while Eulogio De La Cruz earned his eighth save.
Baxter drove in Russ Adams with an RBI double as the Beavers scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning.
Portland added two in the sixth, as Dowdy led off the inning with a single, went to third on a throwing error by the first baseman McAnulty and scored on a force out. Huffman then delivered a two-out RBI double to score Craig Stansberry.
McAnulty sent Beavers starter Cesar Carrillo's first pitch of the seventh inning over the right field wall to get the Sky Sox on the board.
Huffman's second double led to the Beavers' fourth run of the game as Baxter drove him in with an RBI single.
Down 4-1, the Sky Sox mounted a four-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead from Portland. Sky Sox reliever Alan Johnson led off with a double for his second hit of the night and later came home on a wild pitch by Carrillo. Frey followed with a single that chased Carrillo before Moreno walked Matt Miller and gave up an RBI single to Murton. McAnulty tied the game with a sac fly and two batters later Sal Fasano singled home Murton to put Colorado Springs up by one.
Carrillo pitched six scoreless innings before running into trouble in the eighth inning. He finished with three runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings and also struck out seven.
Jhoulys Chacin started for the Sky Sox and did not allow a run over four innings despite giving up five hits and walking a pair.
The Beavers return home to PGE Park to begin their final series of the season with the Las Vegas 51s on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: The Sky Sox won the season series, 10-6 ... the Beavers finished the 2009 season with a 27-45 road record, though they won their first and last away contests ... Carrillo was searching for his first Triple-A win of the season.
Beavers Game File
THURSDAY'S GAME: Beavers 6, Colorado Springs 5
WINNING PITCHER: Moreno (3-3)
LOSING PITCHER: Speier (2-2)
SAVE: De La Cruz (8)
HOME RUNS: Putnam (10), McAnulty (2)
FRIDAY'S GAME: Las Vegas (David Purcey: 8-6, 4.50) at Portland (Aaron Poreda: 0-3, 7.57), 7:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on KKAD AM-1550 and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers.
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