SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Saltdogs (46-40) overcame an early three-run deficit to battle back and beat the Sioux Falls Canaries (30-57) 4-3 in front of 2,722 fans at The Birdcage Sunday afternoon.
Lincoln is now tied for the Central lead with Sioux City with just 14 games to play. Gary has won six in a row and lurks just 1 1/2 games behind.
The Saltdogs used a Tyler Urps lead-off walk to scrape across two runs in the seventh to tie the game.
Austin Darby hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to put the ‘Dogs in front for the first time in the eighth.
J.R. Bunda (3-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief, striking out two to earn the win. Evan Reed worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 19 chances.
Shairon Martis came through in a huge way, turning in a quality start on three days rest after winning in Joplin Wednesday. The 29-year old from Willemstad, Curacao allowed just two base runners over his final four frames.
Robby Kuzdale went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs to set the table for the ‘Dogs, as they capped off their third 5-2 road trip of the summer.
Lincoln enjoys its final off day Monday before beginning the last home stand of the regular season Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. against the streaking RailCats. RHP Lindsey Caughel is expected to make the start.
Radio coverage begins at 6:05 p.m. on KFOR FM 103.3/1240 AM, with online streaming action on AmericanAssociationBaseball.TV.
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