Portland uses five, two-out RBIs to win, 5-4
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Chris Stewart lined a two-run triple to left with two outs in the eighth inning and the Portland Beavers snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Security Service Field Saturday night.
With the game tied at 3-3, Stewart took Sky Sox reliever Matt Reynolds' (0-2) 1-0 pitch to left-center to score Eric Munson and Josh Barfield for his first triple of the season.
Craig Cooper had a two-run double and Barfield and Craig Stansberry had two hits apiece for the Beavers (19-30), who had not won since May 20 at home against Oklahoma City.
Brad Eldred hit a solo homer and had two RBIs on the night and Cole Garner had a pair of singles for the Sky Sox (21-27), who have lost nine of their last 10 games and ended their own eight-game losing streak the night before.
Reliever Cesar Ramos (1-2) earned the victory by pitching a perfect seventh inning.
Adam Russell allowed a leadoff runner in the ninth but closed out his second save.
Eldred's solo homer in the second inning gave the Sky Sox an early 1-0 lead.
The Beavers scored three times in the fifth inning after second baseman Kaz Matsui's fielding error. With two outs and runners on first and second, Stansberry lined a double on the left-field wall, plating Brad Chalk, who had walked, before Cooper's two-run double to left scored starting pitcher Cesar Carrillo and Stansberry.
Colorado Springs tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a pair of runs. Garner and Chris Nelson began the one-out rally with a pair of singles. Michael McKenry singled to left to score Garner and after a walk loaded the bases, Matsui lined a single to bring Nelson home. Carrillo pitched out of the jam, striking out Jonathan Herrera and inducing a groundout by Matt Miller.
Herrera would score on Eldred's sac fly in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-4, but the Sky Sox could not complete the comeback.
In his first start for the Sky Sox this season, Greg Smith gave up three unearned runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Cesar Carrillo went six innings and gave up three runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He had collected victories in each of his first three road assignments.
The Beavers and Sky Sox continue their Memorial Day Weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. (Pacific).
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