CORPUS CHRISTI - Northwest Arkansas right fielder Logan Moon's three-run triple in the 13th was the difference in a 9-7 Naturals victory over Corpus Christi Monday night at Whataburger Field before 3,632.
Moon stepped to the plate against Ryan Thompson (0-1) with two outs, pinch-runners Terrance Gore and Donnie Dewees at third and second, respectively, and Humberto Arteaga at first. He lined the ultimate game-winner to right-center on Thompson's initial offering.
Thompson entered the 13th having faced one over the minimum in three innings of work. Frank Schwindel and Mauricio Ramos singled with one away and gave way to the pinch runners before Arteaga was intentionally passed. Thompson fanned Zane Evans to set the stage for Moon.
Corpus Christi countered with a run, Antonio Nunez plating Jack Mayfield (lead-off double), before running out of outs. Luis Rico (1-1), who covered the final two innings for the visitors, notched the win. He survived J.D. Davis' two-out double during the 12th, a shot that struck the left-field wall on the fly.
A two-out surge produced the night's first two runs during the Naturals third. Ruben Sosa, Jr., singled and swiped second before Alfredo Escalera's triple over the head of center fielder Alejandro Garcia. Samir Duenez followed with an RBI single to right.
Other than that frame, Hooks starter Cy Sneed proved effective. He allowed three hits, two walks, and struck out three over five innings and 75 pitches (45 strikes).
Eric Peterson struggled in the sixth as Duenez and Ramos went deep while widening the margin to five runs.
That stirred the Hooks, who responded by putting up three runs and sending Zach Lovvorn to the showers. Ramon Laureano rapped a lead-off single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Garcia's two-out RBI flare sat down in right field for his third hit of the evening and Mayfield greeted Reid Redman with his second home run of the season to make it 5-3.
Northwest Arkansas took a run right back from Sean Stutzman, Duenez's fourth RBI coming on a single to plate Jack Lopez (lead-off double).
Corpus Christi then drew even against Redman and Sam Selman, parlaying a combination of two hits, three walks, and a sacrifice liner to lift Sneed off the hook. Drew Ferguson, Laureano, and Garcia were credited with RBI's; Ferguson and Bryan Muniz singled and scored.
Ferguson, Laureano, and Davis extended their hitting streaks to six games.
The series and homestand conclude Tuesday at 7:05, as Corpus Christi's Kyle Smith (0-0) meets Matt Tenuta (1-0).
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