LINCOLN — The Amarillo Sox (31-23) again struck early and held on to beat the Saltdogs (30-25) 4-2 to save the four-game split in front of 3,179 fans at Haymarket Park Saturday night.
Amarillo plated three two-out runs in the top of the first, and totaled nine first-inning runs over the course of the series.
The Saltdogs got on the board in the third on a Yasel Gomez RBI single, making the score 3-1. After the Sox scored a run in the fifth, Gomez led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to draw the 'Dogs to a 4-2 deficit.
Kristhiam Linares (4-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking one to earn the win. Stephen Bougher (2-2) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out one and walking two to suffer the loss.
For the second straight night, Erik Draxton struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save, his eighth.
Saltdogs right fielder Jon Gaston threw two runners out at second base in the early innings, extending his league-leading total to 12 on the campaign.
Lincoln is off Sunday and opens a three-game home series with Gary SouthShore RailCats Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240.
It's a Bark in the Park Monday, where all dogs get in free for the berm areas. Also, Wachal Weiner Dog races between innings! It's a Military Monday as well, where active military personnel and their families get free box seats.