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Decker homers twice in Missions win09/10/2011 12:24 AM ET
By Andrew Pentis / Special to MLB.com
Not once, but twice, Cody Decker slugged his team into the lead. There was no need for a third blast.
Decker smacked two crucial home runs Friday and the San Antonio Missions sealed a 5-3 win over the Frisco RoughRiders in the Texas League South Division finals.
San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 series, which resumes Saturday in Friday.
The Missions were locked in a 1-1 tie through three innings when Decker stepped up in the fourth and pulled a one-out solo shot off starter Carlos Pimentel, who didn't make it into the fifth.
Decker, who also doubled in a run in a Game 1 win on Wednesday, was far from done. With the game deadlocked, 3-3, after seven innings, the 24-year-old designated hitter smacked an opposite-field solo shot off reliever Richard Bleier (0-1).
Decker batted .237 with 13 longballs and 38 RBIs in 49 games during an injury-riddled regular season. The Padres' 22nd-round pick in the 2009 Draft had just one multi-homer game this year, going deep twice and driving in six runs against Northwest Arkansas on April 15.
Teammmate Jaff Decker chipped in a pair of RBI singles for the Missions, who won the division in both halves of the season.
San Antonio starter Casey Kelly, the Padres' No. 1 prospect, allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked four, struck out two and threw 87 pitches.
In other Texas League action
Northwest Arkansas stayed alive, thanks to starter Mario Santiago (1-0), who limited Arkansas to one run on four hits over six innings. Jamie Romak, Tim Smith and Wil Myers, the Royals' No. 1 prospect, plated runs to help the Naturals avoid a sweep. Gameday box score