CORPUS CHRISTI - Alex De Goti belted two home runs and Riley Ferrell spun 2 1/3 shutout frames to earn his fifth save of the year as Corpus Christi wrapped up a 6-4 triumph over San Antonio before 6,365 fans Monday night at Whataburger Field.
The Hooks (38-25), who shoot for a series win Tuesday night, trail the first-place Missions (39-24) by one game in the Texas League South. Seven contests remain in the first half.
Myles Straw opened the Corpus Christi first with his first home run of the year.
The Hooks cracked two more dingers off Lake Bachar in the fourth. Taylor Jones began the frame with his 11th blast of the year. Randy Cesar was next and seared a double into right-center, extending his hit streak to a club record 33 games. One batter, De Goti hit a line-drive over the fence in left to make it 4-0 Corpus Christi.
Jones' two-out RBI double in the fifth off Trevor Frank put the Hooks up by five.
Lefty Cionel Perez marched through the first five innings, holding the Missions to two hits. The first four reached in the San Antonio sixth, including a bases-loaded walk by Webster Rivas, ending Perez's night. Justin Ferrell, who issued a bases-full free pass to Michael Gettys, was able to escape the jam with only two runs allowed.
De Goti responded in the home half with his seventh round-tripper of 2018. The Miami native boasts two multi-homer games in the last four nights.
The Missions final push came in the seventh. A Fernando Tatis double and Ty France's walk set the stage for Rivas' two-out, two-run two-bagger.
Riley Ferrell entered from the pen and slammed the door, stranding four while recording a season-high seven outs. The TCU product has not allowed an earned run in his last eight outings. Ferrell has struck out 13 against one walk in 9 2/3 innings during this stretch.
Akeem Bostick (0-1, 2.89) gets the ball for Corpus Christi Tuesday night. The Missions counter with lefty Jerry Keel (4-2, 5.35).
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