SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul Saints (20-19) dismantled the Saltdogs (21-18) 17-8 to complete the series sweep in front of 5,596 fans at Midway Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Following a 39 minute rain delay in the bottom of the first, the Saints scored six times in the third, and seven in the fourth to take a 13-1 lead. St. Paul hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third, a feat they had not accomplished since Daryl Strawberry played for the club in 1996.
Luke Anderson (2-2) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits to earn the win. Moises Melendez (2-1) surrendered 10 runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 to suffer the loss.
Daniel Carroll and David Espinosa each hit long balls for the Saltdogs. Stephen Douglas and Brian Embery turned in multi-hit performances.
The Saints hit five home runs, which matched a season-high allowed for the 'Dogs. The 17 runs came on 20 hits, both were highs for Saltdogs pitching.
The 'Dogs were swept for the first time all season.
Lincoln is off Thursday and opens an eight-game home stand with a double header against El Paso Friday evening at 5:35 p.m. Radio coverage begins on KFOR 1240 at 5:30 p.m.