Falu, O-Royals Come Back to Beat Beavers, 8-7
OMAHA, Neb. - Irving Falu drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth, as the Omaha Royals rallied from four runs down to defeat the Portland Beavers 8-7 at Rosenblatt Stadium Wednesday night.
Falu, who also hit a two-run single in the fifth, took a four-pitch walk from Luis Perdomo (3-4) after Marc Maddox had tied the game at 7-7 with a single and Jarrod Dyson singled to load the bases.
Jai Miller hit two solo homers and scored three runs and Lucas May added a solo shot for the Royals (59-53), who stayed 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Iowa Cubs in the American North Division after the Cubs beat Tacoma 9-3.
Josh Barfield and Nick Green both went 2-for-5 with three RBIs while Green hit his first home run since joining the Beavers (42-70) two weeks ago. Portland outhit its opponent for the fourth straight game but is just 1-3 in those contests.
Victor Marte (4-1) earned his fourth win with 3 1/3 innings of relief in which he allowed two runs and struck out three. Starter Anthony Lerew gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks in 5 2/3 frames.
Cory Luebke made his fifth start for the Beavers, going six innings and yielding four runs on five walks and four hits. He struck out four.
Green hit his two-run shot in the second and Barfield added an RBI single in the third. Aaron Cunningham drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to give the Beavers a 4-0 lead after four.
Miller hit his first solo homer in the fifth before Falu's two-run single brought Omaha within one.
The Beavers opened up another four-run lead by responding with three in the sixth. Barfield greeted Marte with a two-run single and Green followed with an RBI double to put Portland up 7-3.
Then the Royals came storming back. May went deep off Luebke in the sixth. Miller led off the seventh with his second home run and the Royals tagged one more on in the inning on Mike Moustakas's RBI single after Maddox reached on an error.
The Beavers and Royals continue their series at Rosenblatt Thursday night. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Eight Beavers hitters had base hits by the fourth inning ... Portland reliever Greg Burke gave up his fourth home run in his last five appearances when he surrendered Miller's second shot in the seventh.
Beavers Game File WEDNESDAY'S GAME: Omaha 8, Beavers 7 WINNING PITCHER: Marte (4-1) LOSING PITCHER: Perdomo (3-4) SAVE: None HOME RUNS: Green (1), Miller 2 (14), May (14) THURSDAY'S GAME: Portland (Josh Geer: 8-9, 5.85) at Omaha (Philip Humber: 5-6, 4.47), 5:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast at www.portlandbeavers.com; tape-delayed broadcast on Freedom 970 AM at 7 p.m. Follow the Beavers on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialPortlandBeavers).
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