Austin Dean and Gabriel Guerrero each hit late-inning solo home runs on Thursday night, but it was not enough to rally the New Orleans Baby Cakes, who fell to the San Antonio Missions, 5-4.
Dean slugged his team-leading sixth home run in the eighth inning and Guerrero led off the ninth with his third dinger of the year before Alex Wilson was able to retire the side to nail down the Missions' second win in the first three games of the series.
San Antonio was powered by three home runs. Mauricio Dubon drilled a solo shot in the opening frame and David Freitas added another an inning later. Tyler Saladino's two-run blast in the fifth provided what proved to be the winning runs.
New Orleans erased the early 2-0 deficit with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. After JT Riddle reached on an error, Harold Ramirez tripled and then scored on Dean's ground out to briefly tie the game.
San Antonio starter Thomas Jankins helped his own cause at the plate in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI single, and worked six innings on the mound to pick up the victory. Jankins (2-1) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three.
The Baby Cakes outhit San Antonio 8-7, but were hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position. Matt Snyder struck out as a pinch hitter, snapping his streak of 20 consecutive games reaching base, the fourth-longest such streak in the Pacific Coast League this season.
Ben Meyer (1-3) labored through four innings and surrendered three runs on four hits and four walks to take the loss.
The 'Cakes and Missions wrap up the series in San Antonio on Friday at 7:05 p.m. before the teams head to the Shrine to play four more times starting on Saturday.
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