CORPUS CHRISTI - Yordan Alvarez belted a two-out three-run home run to left field in the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, lifting the Hooks to a 10-7 triumph over Arkansas before 4,346 fans at Whataburger Field.
Corpus Christi jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second against Andrew Moore thanks to a pair of two-run doubles by Jamie Ritchie and Ryne Birk.
The Travelers made it a one-run game in the fifth via three singles and three walks. Hooks lefty Alex Winkelman lasted four-plus innings
With two away in the home fifth, back-to-back base hits by Carmen Benedetti and Nick Tanielu set the stage for a Matt Walker wild pitch and the Hooks' fifth run.
Corpus Christi southpaw Sean Stutzman managed to posted zeros in the sixth and seventh.
Facing Kevin Hill in the eighth, Arkansas rallied to tie the affair thanks to four hits, including doubles by Joey Curletta and Dario Pizzano.
The Travs then took the lead in the 10th when Joseph Odem singled off Riley Ferrell, sending home Beau Amaral, who was placed at second because of Minor League Baseball's extra-inning rule.
Corpus Christi countered in the home half thanks to Benedetti and Tanielu grounders which plated extra-inning runner Myles Straw.
In the 11th, Chris Mariscal put the Travs up 7-6 with an RBI double to left field. Ferrell managed to induce a 6-4-3 double play to escape further trouble.
Birk's base hit up the middle gave the Hooks two-out life in the bottom half. With runners at first and second, Wrenn sent a single up the middle to score Ritchie from second base to tie the game. Alvarez was next and launched a Stephen Perakslis pitch into the home bullpen in left-center for the game-winning blast.
Lefty Cionel Perez takes the ball for Corpus Christi Monday night. It's Astros World Series Championship Trophy Night presented by Mike Shaw Automotive. The Hooks are guaranteeing that all fans will have a photo opportunity with the Commissioner's Trophy. It's also Mrs Baird's Dollar Day with $1 Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs, $1 sodas, and $1 prize wheel spins. Gates open at 4:05.
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