LINCOLN – Shairon Martis allowed just one run over eight innings and earned the win as the Lincoln Saltdogs (48-28) beat the Sioux City Explorers (39-39) 4-1 on Saturday night at Haymarket Park.

The victory broke a 0-5 streak against Sioux City this season.  It avenged an extra-inning loss against the division rival on Friday night.

Martis was brilliant, tossing 118 pitches including 82 strikes for a phenomenal 70 percent strike rate.  He surrendered just one run on seven hits over eight innings.  He struck out four batters without issuing a walk.

The Saltdogs gave him run support in the bottom of the second inning.  Randolph Oduber started the frame with a double and moved to third on a fly out by Brandon Jacobs.  Then, Matty Johnson got a single to fall to push across the first run of the game.  Dashenko Ricardo got a base hit and then a fielder’s choice groundout by Ivan Marin put runners on the corners.  The next batter walked to load the bases and send Cesar Valera to the plate.  The All-Star hit a fly ball single to shallow right field and Johnson and Marin scored to put the ‘Dogs in front 3-0.

Sioux City scored their only run in the top of the fourth inning.  Tyler Ogle doubled to begin the inning and moved to third on a groundout.  Levon Washington hit him home with a single to shorten the Saltdogs lead to two runs.

The Saltdogs responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning.  Joe Robbins hit a two-out solo homer over the right field fence to get it back to a three-run advantage.  It was his second home run of the series after entering with just an inside-the-park homer on the season.

Saltdogs closer Michael Wagner pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 17th save, tying him for the league lead.

Ricardo notched a three hit day and Oduber tallied his fourth multi-hit game in the last five contests.

The Saltdogs try to get a series split with the X’s on Sunday afternoon.  First pitch is at 2:05 PM with coverage beginning at 1:35 PM on ESPN 1480 and saltdogs.com.

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