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Saccomanno lifts Z's past Redbirds
Late rally not enough as Zephyrs improve to 2-3
03/24/2010 11:26 PM ET

Mark Saccomanno had two hits, including an RBI double, and scored three times to help the New Orleans Zephyrs beat the Memphis Redbirds 9-8 on Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla.

Jason Delaney added two hits, two RBI and scored twice, and Lee Mitchell had a two-run double as the Zephyrs built a 9-5 lead through five innings against Memphis starter Lance Lynn, then held off a late Redbirds rally.

Scott Strickland, vying for a spot in the Florida Marlins' bullpen, started for the Z's and tossed two scoreless innings. Brian Lawrence allowed five runs - four earned - and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings, including a home run to Kevin Howard, who finished a double shy of the cycle for Memphis.

Taylor Tankersley retired all four batters he faced, and Kasey Olenberger pitched a scoreless frame.

Memphis tallied two runs in the eighth against Brett Sinkbeil, and another in the ninth off Chris Schroder to draw within a run. Donovan Solano had three hits for the Redbirds.

New Orleans has a camp day on Thursday, and returns to spring training action on Friday against the Buffalo Bisons.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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