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Sod Poodles stop 3 game slid with 4-2 win over Hooks

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles edged past the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday afternoon, winning the series finale of a four-game set 4-2 at Whataburger Field.

Right-hander Emmanuel Ramirez earned the win, spinning 5.2 innings of one-run baseball. Ramirez struck out a season-high eight hitters while allowing just three hits.

The Sod Poodles took an early lead in the first against Corpus Christi starter Carson LaRue. Edward Olivares drew a two-out walk while Owen Miller did the same. Hudson Potts then grounded a single through the left side to bring Olivares home.

Moments later, a wild pitch allowed Miller to race home from third base. Amarillo led 2-0.

The Hooks responses in the bottom of the first, as Ramirez allowed two walks and then ultimately balked in a run. Ramirez would settle down in his outing, at one point retiring eight straight batters.

In the third, Ivan Castillo took LaRue deep into the right field bullpen. Castillo's first home run as a San Diego Padres farmhand gave Amarillo a 3-1 advantage. The Sod Poodles got another against righty Gabriel Valdez in the fifth, as Miller laced an RBI single to make it 4-1.

David Bednar, who returned off the seven-day injured list on Sunday, recorded the final out of the sixth after Ramirez came out of the game.

Left-hander Paco Rodriguez came on for the seventh and allowed a run on a wild pitch. Rodriguez bounced back with a scoreless eighth to keep Amarillo ahead, 4-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, righty Andres Munoz entered for a save chance. Munoz was electric, striking out all three batters he faced while using just 16 pitches. It was his second save of the campaign.

The Sod Poodles snapped a three-game skid after dropping the first three games of their series in South Texas.

Rodrigo Orozco also contributed to the offense, collecting a team-high two hits on the afternoon.

The Sod Poodles return home on Monday evening for the start of a three-game series against the Midland RockHounds. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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