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September 6, 2009 at 6:35 AM

Salem reduces magic number to 1 with 11-inning win

9/6 Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket scored 5 times in the bottom of the 3rd inning and never looked back on way to an 8-2 win over Syracuse. The final two runs of the 3rd came via a 2-run homer by Chris Carter. It was his 16th of the season. Dusty Brown went 3 for 4 in the game. Randor Bierd (3-1) started and went 5 innings to earn the win. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.

Portland came from behind to edge New Hampshire, 7-6. The Sea Dogs trailed by 2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning and tied the score on a pair of walks and 3 singles. The Portland squad then scored in the bottom of the 9th to win. Jon Still led off the inning with a double, his 38th of the season, followed by an intentional walk given to Lars Anderson. New Hampshire pitcher Zach Dials then walked Jason Place and Iggy Suarez to force in the winning run. Chad Rhoades (6-2) earned the win, pitching a clean 9th inning. Suarez had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the game. Luis Exposito extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 1 for 4. It was the Sea Dogs' 6th walk-off win of the year and the second by way of a bases-loaded walk.

Salem downed Lynchburg, 7-6, in 11 innings. The win gives Salem a 2-game lead for the final playoff spot with 2 games left to play. The Red Sox trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the 9th, but an RBI single by Tim Federowicz and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Dent sent the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled and scored on a single by Dent for the win. Jason Blackey (2-0) got the win, pitching a scoreless 11th despite giving up a hit and 2 walks. Chiang went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored. Dent went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Greenville hammered Asheville, 9-1 behind the strong starting performance of Jeremy Kehrt (2-2). He went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits and a walk, striking out 7. Ryan Lavarnway had two hits, including his 21st homer of the season. He had 4 RBI in the game. Michael Thomas also had a home run, his 3rd of the year.

The Brooklyn Cyclones scored a run in the bottom of the 9th on three straight singles to edge Lowell, 4-3. Chez Angeloni (1-1) took the loss, giving up 1 run on 5 hits over 3 innings of work. Michael Almanzar drove in 2 runs and Alex Hassan homered to account for the Spinner offense.

Player of the Night: Ryan Dent, who drove in 3 runs and scored 2 more, helping Salem reduce its magic number to 1.