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Soddies take series from Cardinals with 2-1 win

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In his third Texas League start, Amarillo Sod Poodles starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore delivered 5.1 scoreless innings as Amarillo beat the Springfield Cardinals in the rubber game of their three-game series, 2-1.

Gore struck out six batters while allowing four hits and walking one. The 20-year-old lefty improved to 2-0 at Double-A with the victory.

Cardinals starter Angel Rondon also tossed five scoreless innings to begin the ballgame.

In the top of the sixth, Amarillo scratched across a pair of runs. Rondon exited the game after Owen Miller's two-out single in a scoreless game. Right-hander Ronnie Williams entered out of Springfield's bullpen. Williams then allowed an infield single to Hudson Potts and a walk to Brad Zunica to load the bases.

Kyle Overstreet stepped in and worked a bases loaded walk against Williams as Amarillo took a 1-0 lead. With Taylor Kohlwey at the plate, Williams uncorked a wild pitch as Potts raced home to give the Sod Poodles a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the sixth, Gore allowed a walk and single to put two runners on-base with one out. Right-hander Carlos Belen entered from Amarillo's bullpen and retired two straight hitters to escape further trouble. Belen then tossed a scoreless frame in the seventh.

After Brian O'Keefe hit a solo home run off lefty Travis Radke to make it a 2-1 ballgame in the eighth, Sod Poodles righty David Bednar came on the save chance in the ninth inning.

Bednar proceeded to strike out the side in the ninth to record his seventh save of the season.

With the victory, the Sod Poodles improved to a record of 19-15 in the second half and overall mark of 53-49. It marks the first time the Sod Poodles have been four games above .500 this season.

The Sod Poodles head to Springdale, Arkansas for the start of a four-game series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Saturday night. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

Amarillo sends righty Jesse Scholtens to the hill while the Naturals counters with right-hander Jackson Kowar.

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