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Tosoni ends Appy Finals opener pitching duel08/31/2007 12:15 AM ET
By Zack Hample / Special to MLB.com
Rene Tosoni's two-run homer in the 10th inning lifted host Elizabethton over Danville, 2-0, in Game 1 of the Appalachian League Championship Series on Thursday.
Estarlin De Los Santos drew a two-out walk in the 10th before Tosoni slugged the game-winning blast to right field off reliever Steve Evarts (0-1).
Tosoni finished with three hits and a stolen base for the Twins, who moved within one win of avenging last year's title series loss to the Braves. Elizabethton beat Danville for the championship in 2005.
Pitchers on both teams combined for 28 strikeouts. Twins reliever Michael Tarsi (1-0) picked up the win after allowing a hit and a walk with nine strikeouts in five innings.
Tarsi, a starter during the regular season, took over in the sixth after a 90-minute rain delay forced both starters from the game. The 6-foot-8 left-hander fanned the first two batters he faced and struck out the side in each of the next two frames.
Twins starter Michael Allen was just as effective, limiting the Braves to four hits and two walks while striking out five in five-plus innings.
Danville starter Jose Ortegano yielded two hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings. Evarts fanned seven, but gave up two runs on six hits in 4 2/3 frames.
The Twins nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Braves right fielder Eliazar Carmona threw out Rene Leveret at the plate to send the game into extra innings.
Benjamin Johnson and Carlos Lee each had two hits for the Braves, who went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
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