Surprise took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth and held on to edge Salt River 5-4 on the road.
Starter Justin Marks (Kansas City) moved his record to a perfect 5-0 by scattering four hits over four innings. A single and double to start the game resulted in the only tally charged to the southpaw. He fanned three. Red Sox Ryan Pressly notched the dubious save although he coughed up two long balls that produced three runs in the ninth, his second inning on the mound.
Mike O'Neill joined the Mets' Darrell Ceciliani with three hits for the Saguaros. O'Neill first reached in the third by drawing a base-on-balls after leading off the game with a strikeout. The designated hitter's free pass produced naught but that was not the case in the fifth. O'Neill singled to right with one out, where he stood when Kolten Wong came to the plate. Wong greeted a new Salt River hurler with a two-out double to left off that knocked in O'Neill and broke a one-all tie. O'Neill advanced a runner when with a single to left in the seventh. His third single of the night put three aboard in the ninth, eventually leading to two more tallies that turned out to be the difference in the game. In all, the leadoff man went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a strikeout.
Wong was not as active offensively. The second baseman grounded out in his first two at bats, to short and second respectively. He came through with that RBI double in the fifth but was left at second. The number three hitter came up in the seventh with a runner at third and two outs but again grounded out to second to strand the runner. Wong left the game after that at-bat. Defensively, he committed his third error of the fall and participated in two double plays.
Friday's game: 6:35 pm AZ time (7:35 pm CT), Boone Whiting (2-1, 2.08)
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