Jose Duran hit a sacrifice fly, highlighting a two-run ninth inning to help the Fort Worth Cats to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Brownsville Charros on Friday night at LaGrave Field.
The Cats trailed 7-6 going into the ninth, but rallied.
Sean O’Connell and Adam Kam singled. A ground ball moved both runners up, and Cory Morales knocked in one run with a single. Duran followed with his game-winning sacrifice fly.
On a night when pitchers struggled, combining to give up 23 hits, the lead changed hands five times.
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Oscar Garcia, Edwin Gomez, Andres Rodriguez, and O’Connell each had two hits for the Cats. Chris Martinez knocked in three runs, including a two-run single in the fourth.
The Cats broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the fifth, two scoring on bases-loaded walks.
The Cats spotted Brownsville a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but tied it with a pair of runs in the fourth.
Gomez walked and O’Connell doubled. Martinez brought them both in with a single to right field.
The Cats added three more runs in the fifth inning.
Gomez had a run-scoring single and Kam and Martinez both forced in runs with bases-loaded walks.
Brownsville tied the game game 5-5 with three runs in the sixth.
The Cats retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ryan Lashley, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice, scored on an error.