Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 16, 2013

Rays top Braves in 10 innings, end drought

DANVILLE, Va. — The Princeton Rays ended a 22-inning scoreless streak Monday on a hot evening in southern Virginia, then went one better and earned a 6-5 win over their hosts, the Danville Braves, in 10 innings.

Hunter Lockwood’s solo home run over left field proved to be the winning hit for Princeton (6-18), which ended a five-game losing skid.

After the Braves (12-10) took a 2-0 lead in the second, Princeton broke through for three runs in the fourth. Jesus Araiza led off with a single and scored on a throwing error. Coty Blanchard’s double to left scored Lockwood and David Garcia to put the Rays ahead.

That ended the outing of Danville starter Andry Ubiera. Relievers Dakota Dill and Michael Flores retired 10 of the next 11 Rays.

Justin Black homered for the Braves to forge a 3-3 tie in the bottom half of the inning, and Danville claimed a 5-3 lead in the seventh on a two-RBI triple by Connor Lien.

Princeton answered right back, knotting the game 5-5. Bralin Jackson opened the eighth with a double and scored on Garcia’s sacrifice fly. Moments later, Araiza came home on a single by Elias Torres.

Danville failed to end the contest in regulation with two runners in scoring position in the ninth. Johan Camargo grounded out to end the inning.

The score remained locked up until Lockwood stroked the second home run of his professional career over the wall in the 10th, hanging the loss on reliever Ryan Gunther (0-1).

Isaac Gil (2-1) took the win after the Braves went down in order in the bottom of the 10th. He allowed two hits and a walk but no runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Among the Rays’ 10 hits, Araiza was 2 for 4 and Jackson and Lockwood were 2 for 5. For Danville, Jacob Schrader had an RBI double and Black drove in two runs on a 2 for 3 night.

After today’s off day in recognition of the All-Star break, Princeton will begin a three-game series in Greene-ville, Tenn. on Wednesday. The Rays’ last homestand of July is a five-day stay starting Saturday against Kingsport.

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At Legion Field

Princeton........000   300   020   1  —  6  10  1

Danville...........020   100   200   0  —  5    9  1

Nolan Gannon, Darren Fischer (5), Isaac Gil (7) and Jesus Araiza. Andry Ubiera, Dakota Dill (4), Michael Flores (6), Ryan Gunther (10) and Bryan De La Rosa, Anthony Nuñez (9). WP - Gil (2-1). LP - Gunther (0-1). HR - Dan, Black (1), 4th, 0 on; Pctn, Lockwood (2), 10th, 0 on. Att - 875.

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