JOPLIN, Mo. — The Saltdogs (42-38) overcame a late three-run deficit to beat the Joplin Blasters (29-51) 5-4 at Joe Becker Stadium Monday night.
Lincoln moves back into a share of the Central lead with Sioux City, with 20 games remaining.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth, Luis Alen hit a two-out RBI single.
After falling into an 0-2 count, Jon Smith whacked the go-ahead two-run double to left center, two night’s after his pinch-hit walk off homer.
J.R. Bunda (1-0) struck out the side in a perfect eighth in his impressive ‘Dogs debut to earn the win.
Evan Reed worked a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 18 opportunities.
Tyler Urps stroked an RBI single to right in the eighth, extending his hit streak to a season-long 12 games.
Ryan O’Sullivan yielded four runs in seven innings.
Brandon Jacobs and Curt Smith had two hits, Jon Smith and Alen each had three in a 14-hit onslaught for Lincoln.
The series continues Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Jeff McKenzie is expected to face LHP Wander Perez. Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR FM 103.3/1240 AM.