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Fourth straight for Sod Poodles with 7-6 win over Midland

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles won their fourth straight game with their late 7-6 comeback win over the Midland RockHounds Saturday night in front of 6,253 fans, marking a franchise high in consecutive wins. 

Owen Miller, who was the hero Thursday night in Amarillo's 5-4 walk-off win, highlighted the night offensively with his two-RBI night with his second home run in as many nights. 

Right-handed starter T.J. Weir was handed a no-decision after his four and one-third inning outing where he allowed six runs in the fifth inning after spanning four scoreless. Dauris Valdez tossed one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball behind him while Michel Baez collected his first win of the season after his two scoreless, two-hit frames with four strikeouts. 

Midland broke a scoreless game in the top of the fifth. After Amarillo starting pitcher Weir was able to strand four RockHounds runners through his first four frames on five hits, the visitors found an opportunity when they loaded the bases on Edwin Diaz's leadoff single and consecutive walks by Anthony Miller and Chase Calabuig. 

With no outs, Mikey White doubled to plate Midland's first two runs while Jonah Heim singled to right field to make it a quick 4-0 game. Two more singles in the half by Collin Theroux and Edwin Diaz would produce the fifth and sixth runs for the RockHounds to make it a 6-0 contest. 

RockHounds' starting pitcher Brian Howard took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the third time around in the lineup for the Soddies was the charm. 

Rodrigo Orozco and Ivan Castillo both started the inning off with consecutive doubles on their first pitches while Edward Olivares hit an RBI single on his first pitch to make it a 6-2 contest. Then, Miller batted his first pitch high and deep and over the left-center field wall to move within two runs of Midland, marking his fifth home run of the season.

Luis Torrens restarted the frame with a walk and after a pitching change - Trey McNutt for Howard - Hudson Potts and Brad Zunica both singled to load the bases. Catcher Webster Rivas knocked a deep sacrifice fly ball to centerfield to cap off the scoring and made it a 6-5 contest. 

In the seventh, the Sod Poodles tied Midland at 6-6 after a sacrifice fly ball by Rivas plated Olivares, who singled with one out. 

One inning later, in the bottom of the eighth, Buddy Reed collected his first hit of the night in big fashion, a two-out single, and advanced on a wide throw-in from the left fielder Chase Calabuig. Leadoff batter Orozco followed with his second hit of the game, a single up the middle to plate the go-ahead run for Amarillo and make it a 7-6 late advantage.

Midland threatened in the top of the ninth after Dairon Blanco singled and advanced to second on a groundout to represent the tying run. But another groundout and strikeout delivered by Amarillo righty Kyle Lloyd finalized the victory and his second save of 2019. 

The Amarillo Sod Poodles and Midland RockHounds will complete their four-game series tomorrow afternoon in downtown Amarillo with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as right-handed pitcher T.J. Weir will take the mound from the Sod Poodles and will face off against the RockHounds righty Brian Howard.

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