Surprise stormed back from a 4-0 deficit to down Peoria 6-4 at home on Wednesday afternoon.
Reliever Chris Martin, the fifth Saguaros' pitcher of the day, earned his first win when he shut out the Javelinas in the seventh and eighth. The 26-year-old righty fanned three without yielding a hit or a base-on-balls.
Peoria jumped on top with three immediate tallies in the first off Surprise's starter Ben Henry (Texas). The runs came on four of this six hits Henry allowed in two frames. The score remained 3-0 until the fifth when the Javelinas added an unearned tally that came about without either a hit or walk. A Peoria runner reached on a fielding error by the Saguaros' third baseman and scored from first on a throwing error on a later play by the shortstop.
Surprise's offense went to work with two out in the bottom of the fifth by cutting the deficit to 4-3 and Colin Walsh, St. Louis' only player in the contest, had a big role. The right fielder came to the plate with a run across and Saguaros on second and third. His line drive single to center plated both runners and chase Peoria's pitcher out of the game. Walsh advanced to second on a wild pitch where he was stranded.
Walsh was right in the middle of Surprise's three-run seventh as well. He came up with the score tied at four all, the sacks jammed and one out. Walsh sent a ground single to the right side that was deflected into right field by Peoria's first baseman and brought across two more tallies to put his team up 6-4. Overall, Walsh went 2-for-4 with four driven in and a strikeout.
Boston right-hander Pete Ruiz worked around consecutive two-out singles to seal the victory and earn his first save.
Thursday's game: at Scottsdale, 12:35 pm MT (2:35 pm CT), Justin Marks (3-0, 2.19)
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