The Rafters came out on top of a see-saw battle with an 8-5 win at Scottsdale. Salt River (18-15) won its sixth straight but remains a half game in back of Mesa with one game left.
The visitors took an early lead in the third when Stephen Piscotty's single scored a runner from second. Piscotty swiped his seventh bag of the fall campaign but was left there.
Salt River added two more in the fourth to go up 3-0 but the Scorpions responded with four in the bottom of the frame off starter Bo Schultz. The Diamondbacks' right-hander gave up seven hits in 3 2/3. He fanned four and did not issue a free pass. The Rockies' Dan Houston relieved Schultz and notched a ground out that left two of Schultz' runners on.
The Rafters pushed across a tally in the top of the fifth to knot the game at four all but Scottsdale went back up 5-4 in the bottom of the inning with a run on three hits off Houston. In the sixth, Salt River once again re-tied the game at 5-5 where the score stood until the ninth when they plated three more.
Piscotty led the Rafters with four of his team's 11 hits, all singles. The right fielder touched home once with two RBI. Although he did not participate in the scoring, second baseman Jacob Wilson singled once in three at bats with one free pass. James Ramsey pinch ran in the ninth, scoring the Rafters' second run of the frame on a single to left by Piscotty and seventh tally overall.
Righty Marcus Stroman, the fourth of five Rafters' hurlers, picked up his first win in three decisions. The Blue Jays prospect tossed a clean seventh and eighth, yielding two hits with two strikeouts. Arizona's Matt Stites worked around a two-out single for his third save.
Thursday's game: vs. Scottsdale (10-20), 1:35 pm CT, Aaron Sanchez (TOR) (1-1, 0.98)
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