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MARTINEZ, ROADRUNNERS SNAP SKID

Tuesday August 7, 2012         

By: Danny Elizondo 

FORT WORTH, Texas—Miguel Martinez pitched eight strong innings leading the Edinburg Roadrunners past the Fort Worth Cats 3-2 Tuesday night at LaGrave Field.  The win snapped Edinburg’s three-game losing streak. 

Martinez (9-3) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in eight innings pitched with four strike outs. 

The Cats (39-32) got things started in the bottom of the first as C.J. Beatty and Chuck Caufield hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners.  Chad Gabriel followed with an RBI single that allowed Beatty to score making it 1-0. 

The Roadrunners (42-29) answered back and got all the runs Martinez needed in the top of the second.  Carlos Hereaud started the inning with a single and then came around to score on an RBI double by Derek Perren.  A fielding error then allowed Felix Molina to reach and Perren to score from second.  One out later, Osiel Flores drove in Molina with a single that gave Edinburg the 3-1 lead. 

Martinez allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth after a couple of errors behind him.  Scott Dalrymple took advantage of the miscues and drove in Brandon Jones to cut the Roadrunners lead to 3-2. 

That is all Martinez, the league leader in wins, would allow as he handed the ball to Paul Koss in the ninth.  Koss picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth and two strike outs giving Edinburg the 3-2 victory. 

Former Roadrunner James Giulietti (3-5) pitched well for the Cats but took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, in seven and a third innings.  

The Roadrunners and Cats will continue their four-game series Wednesday night at LaGrave Field as Edinburg looks for the series split.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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