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November 1, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Exposito has two hits in losing cause

11/1 Cup of Coffee: Before 454 fans at Hohokam Park on Saturday, Phoenix edged Mesa 4-3.

The Desert Dogs struck first in this contest. With one out in the second, Brad Emaus (TOR) doubled and scored on a Corey Brown (OAK) two-base hit. The Solar Sox evened the score in their half of the inning, as David Cooper (TOR) doubled, went to third on a Luis Exposito single and scored on a PJ Phillips (LAA) sacrifice fly. Phoenix regained the lead in the third, when Grant Desme (OAK) singled in Jemile Weeks (OAK) from third, and increased their margin to two runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Emaus scored on an attempted double play that netted only an out at second base. In the bottom half of the inning, Mesa narrowed the lead once again after Phillips walked, advanced to second on a Casey Kelly ground out and scored on a Ryan Mount (LAA) single.

Phoenix scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth, after Weeks tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a Brandon Wagner (BAL) sacrifice fly. In the sixth, the Solar Sox scored their final run, when Exposito singled, went to third on a Kelly single and scored after two straight walks. Chris Province entered the game in the seventh and pitched 2.0 scoreless frames, allowing 2 hits. The Solar Sox threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but with runners on first and second and two out, Cooper grounded into a force out to end the game.

Exposito ended up 2 for 4 and scored a run, while Kelly, who started at third, went 1 for 3. He was also awarded first on a catcher's interference call in the second inning.

Mesa's next game is on Monday, a 2:35 EST start, against the Peoria Saguaros.