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07/06/2008 6:53 PM ET
Tenth straight loss is in eleven innings

GRAND CHUTE, WI - Mark Dolenc knocked in the go ahead run with a two-out single in the top of the eleventh inning and the Beloit Snappers defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 12-11 Sunday afternoon on Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Dolenc had four hits and drove in three runs as Beloit sent the Rattlers to their tenth consecutive loss.

The Snappers (12-6 second half, 48-38 overall) broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Rene Leveret doubled in a run and would score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ozzie Lewis.

But, Wisconsin (3-15, 34-50) answered with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. Ron Garth drove in the first run with a two-out single. Joe Dunigan knocked in Garth with a double off the centerfield wall. Juan Diaz completed the trifecta of two out RBI hits with a triple to right that put the Rattlers up 3-2.

Rattler starting pitcher Michael Pineda worked a scoreless fifth and retired the first batter of the sixth inning, but left the game after walking Lewis because he was nearing 100 pitches.

Reliever Keith Meyer came into the game and walked Allan De San Miguel. Mark Dolenc followed with a two-run triple and the Snappers led 4-3. Estarlin De Los Santos was next and he dropped a bunt with Dolenc charging from third. The suicide squeeze worked and the game Snappers held a 5-3 lead.

Wisconsin came back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Dunigan singled in a run and Ron Garth scored on a wild pitch by Beloit reliever Henry Reyes. Wisconsin had runners at second and third with two outs, but could not push the go ahead run across the plate.

Beloit did get the go ahead run and more across the plate in the top of the seventh inning. Meyer allowed a walk and a single to the first two batters of the inning and was relieved by Jose Escalona. Escalona walked the next batter to load the bases. Lewis dribbled an infield single that scored the run from third to make the score 6-5 and keep the bases loaded. De San Miguel unloaded the bases with a home run to left on a 2-1 pitch from Escalona and the Snappers were up 10-5.

The Rattlers kept coming back. Edilio Colina hit a homer to left after Alex Meneses drew a one out walk and the score was 10-7. Later in the inning with runners at the corners and two out, Diaz sent a slow roller up the third base line. The throw to first by Reyes was late and wild. Diaz was safe and both runners scored on the play to get the Rattlers to with in 10-9.

Then, Beloit tacked on a run on a fielder's choice of the bat of Lewis in the eighth for an 11-9 advantage.

Wisconsin looked like they might rally in the bottom of the eighth. Nunez walked to start the inning and Alex Meneses doubled with one out to put the tying runs into score position. But, Loek Van Mil got a popout and a strikeout to keep the Snappers up by two runs.

Wisconsin did not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth against Van Mil. Garth and Dunigan hit back-to-back homers to start the inning and tie the game 11-11.

Neither team threatened until the eleventh. Leveret singled with one out and wound up at third with two outs after a couple of wild pitches. Dolenc delivered with a single to center to send Leveret home and the Snappers led 12-11.

Spencer Steeldley, who pitched a scoreless tenth, retired the Rattlers in order in the eleventh to finish off the game.

Wisconsin was led offensively by Garth, Dunigan, and Colina. All three had three hits. All three had a single, double, and homer. All three had three runs scored. Dunigan drove in three runs.

Dolenc and Ozzie Lewis each had three RBI for Beloit.

The final game of the series is Monday night. Juan Ramirez (3-7, 4.59) takes the hill as the starting pitcher for the Rattlers. Steven Hirschfeld (5-2, 2.74) is the scheduled starter for the Snappers. Game time is 7:05pm.