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Ports a win away from Cal League Finals
09/09/2008 2:45 AM ET
Two straight days of ninth-inning heroics for Stockton has led to a lot of ninth-inning heartbreak for San Jose.

Jermaine Mitchell delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning to give the Ports a dramatic 7-6 win over the Giants in Game 3 of their semifinal playoff series Monday.

Mitchell's single to center field plated Corey Brown to cap a three-run rally for the Ports moments after Brown tied the game with a two-RBI double off Joe Paterson.

"It was exciting," Mitchell said. "In baseball, you just have to keep battling and good things will happen."

Stockton leads the best-of-5 series, 2-1, and can clinch the Finals berth Tuesday at home.

The Ports trailed after seven innings, 6-2, but rallied back in the eighth after loading the bases for Josh Horton, who ripped a two-run double off Juan Trinidad.

The ninth-inning rally mirrored the Ports' win from a night earlier in Game 2 when Chris Carter hit a two-un triple and Josh Donaldson lined a go-ahead RBI single for a 7-6 win.

San Jose State product Branden Dewing (1-0) hurled two perfect innings to pick up the win for Stockton. Starter Scott Mitchinson allowed three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings.

The Giants bullpen allowed five runs on seven hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Sharlon Schoop hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth and Andy D'Alessio piled on three more insurance runs with a two-RBI single in the fifth and a run-scoring double in the seventh.

D'Alessio had three of San Jose's 12 hits.

Joe Paterson (0-1) allowed the winning run on two hits without recording an out in the ninth to suffer the loss. Australian southpaw Clayton Tanner started and allowed a pair of runs on five hits over four frames for the Giants.

In other Cal League action:

Lake Elsinore Storm 5, Lancaster 4
Luis Durango's walk-off single scored Anthony Contreras to give the Storm a win in the ninth. Evan Scribner pitched a perfect frame for the win. Box score

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