Inside-the-park homer lifts 'Cakes to win

Anderson rounds the bases in 10th inning to snap road skid

August 12, 2017 12:25 AM ET


Brian Anderson led off the top of the 10th inning with an inside-the-park home run, and the New Orleans Baby Cakes defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday night, 6-4.

New Orleans ended a franchise-record 13-game road losing streak and won for the sixth time in its last eight games overall.

The 'Cakes trailed 3-1 in the seventh before sending seven batters to the plate and scoring three times to take the lead. Moises Sierra came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit RBI double and scored the tying run on a single by Brandon Barnes. Chris Parmelee then stroked the go-ahead single, but the Sox rallied and tied the game in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Ivan DeJesus, Jr.

The game remained knotted at 4-4 into extra innings, when Sky Sox center fielder Lewis Brinson dove and missed the line drive by Anderson leading off the 10th, allowing the 'Cakes third baseman to sprint around the bases for his fifth Triple-A home run.

It was the first inside-the-park home run for New Orleans since Adam Everett accomplished it on July 24, 2002 against Nashville.

Chad Hinshaw tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single, and Severino Gonzalez struck out the side in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure his first save.

Steve Lombardozzi led the Baby Cakes with three hits in the 13-hit attack.

Scott Copeland turned in a quality start by scattering three runs and seven hits across six innings. Kelvin Marte (2-5) allowed five hits in three innings of relief and got the win.

Tyler Cravy (5-4) was handed the loss after Sky Sox starter Taylor Jungmann limited New Orleans to one run in six innings. The Baby Cakes' rally against the Colorado Springs bullpen earned the 'Cakes only their second win in 56 attempts when trailing after six innings.

The four-game series continues on Saturday at 7 p.m. Central.

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

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