LINCOLN — The Saltdogs (11-12) scored the game's final three runs and the bullpen did not allow a base runner in a 4-3 victory over the Amarillo Sox (8-14) in front of 3,208 fans at Haymarket Park Saturday night.
Behind a pair of home runs, Amarillo built a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. With two on and one out in the last of the sixth, Kevin Howard lined a two-run double to right center to tie the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Trevor Martin began the Lincoln rally with a single. Chris Anderson then sacrificed him up to second before Tyler Smith hit a ground ball to center to score Martin and give the 'Dogs the 4-3 lead.
Trey Barham (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings to earn the win. Michael Click spun a perfect eighth with two strikeouts to hold the lead. Marshall Schuler worked a 1-2-3 ninth notch his fifth save.
Brian Joynt went 2-for-4 with a run, extending his hit streak to 13 games. Matt Forgatch went 2-for-4 with a run and a double.
Amarillo manager Bobby Brown was ejected in the top of the sixth by plate umpire Art Thigpen after arguing a call at first base.
Keith Brachold hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his first of the year. Cory Patton swatted a solo shot in the sixth, his fourth of the year.
The 'Dogs go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. RHP Zachary Varce (1-1, 5.32) gets the start for Lincoln against LHP Dayne Quist (0-2, 2.31). Radio coverage begins at 1:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240.