Durango, Beavers Rally to Beat Isotopes in 10 Innings
PORTLAND, Ore. - Luis Durango hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning after scoring on Mike Baxter's game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Portland Beavers came from behind to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-5 in 10 innings in the opener of a four-game series at PGE Park Friday night.
Durango laced a single down the left field line to bring home Kyle Phillips from second. He finished the night with three hits while Baxter and Nick Green each went 2-for-5 with two RBIs as the Beavers (47-73) matched a season high by winning their fourth straight game.
PCL batting leader John Lindsey homered and drove in three runs, belting a two-run homer - his 19th of the year - in the first and later adding a sacrifice fly for the Isotopes (58-60), who dropped their fourth contest in a row. Ivan De Jesus, Jr., had two hits and scored twice while Justin Sellers singled and drew three walks.
Adam Russell (4-9) got the win, getting out of a jam he started in the 10th.
Geoff Geary (4-6) took the loss after Josh Lindblom blew his fourth save in the ninth by giving up Baxter's home run.
Lindsey got the Isotopes off to a quick start, lining Beavers starter Radhames Liz's first pitch over the left field wall for a two-run shot in the first.
De Jesus lined a single to center with the bases loaded in the second to bring in the Isotopes' third run.
Green put the Beavers on the board in the fourth, sending a single back up the middle with the bases loaded to plate two.
Albuquerque added a fourth run in the fifth when De Jesus walked, moved to third on Xavier Paul's ground-rule double to center and scored on Lindsey's sacrifice fly to center.
The Beavers threatened in the bottom of the eighth, loading the bases with none out, but scored only one run on a wild pitch by Jon Link. Green then lined into a double play with the bases loaded and Craig Stansberry struck out to end the frame.
After Albuquerque added an insurance run in the ninth on Michael Restovich's sacrifice fly, Lindblom came on to try and close out the Beavers in the bottom of the ninth, but Durango led off with an infield single. After Sean Kazmar struck out, Baxter sent a 1-1 pitch over the right center field wall to even the game at 5-5.
Liz struck out seven Isotopes in six innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks.
Isotopes starter John Ely held the Beavers to two runs over six innings, yielding four hits and four walks while striking out three.
The Beavers and Isotopes continue their series Saturday night at PGE Park at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific). The first 2,000 fans will receive "Boston Beavers" caps, courtesy of PGE, on "What If?" Night at the park.
NOTES: Lindsey leads the PCL with a .377 batting average ... Friday marked the third time since 2003 that the Beavers have played Albuquerque on Friday the 13th ... Beavers pitcher Josh Geer singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning ... in his last 21 games against Portland, dating back to 2008, Lindsey is hitting .350 (28-for-80) with five doubles, nine home runs, 26 RBIs and 18 runs scored ... Phillips has hit safely in 25 of his last 28 games and ranks second in the PCL in batting average (.390) since joining Portland on June 26.
Beavers Game File FRIDAY'S GAME: Beavers 6, Albuquerque 5 (10 innings) WINNING PITCHER: Russell (4-9) LOSING PITCHER: Geary (4-6) SAVE: None HOME RUNS: Lindsey (19), Baxter (15) SATURDAY'S GAME: Albuquerque (Seth Etherton: 4-4, 4.17) at Portland (Cesar Carrillo: 4-11, 4.92), 7:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on Freedom 970 AM and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialPortlandBeavers).
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