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Eugene turns a win into late loss.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

Eugene led 5-4 with two outs and a Boise runner on third in the top of the ninth inning when Luis Aquino struck out J.B. Moss to seemingly finish off a victory for the Emeralds.

There was no celebration, however, as a wild pitch on the play allowed Moss to reach base and Danny Edgeworth scored to tie the game.

Aubrey McCarty followed with a single to score Moss as Boise rallied for a 6-5 win over the Emeralds in front of 4,251 Saturday night at PK Park.

"Bad baseball from both teams," Eugene manager Jesus Feliciano said. "It isn't pretty. Even if we got the win, the last couple weeks we have been playing bad. We have to play better if we want to win this."

Eugene scored a couple of unorthodox runs of its own to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Boise left fielder Steven Linkous dropped a fly ball with two outs.

Jhonny Bethencourt led off with a single and went to second on a ground out by Austin Filiere. After Gustavo Polanco struck out, Michael Cruz was hit by a pitch.

The runners moved up on a wild pitch before Ramsey Romano hit a fly ball to left that popped out of Linkous' glove as both runners scored to put Eugene ahead 5-4.

Boise took the lead back in the ninth after Edgeworth singled off Aquino to open the inning. Edgeworth advanced to third with two outs before Moss stuck out, but reached first on the wild pitch that brought in Edgeworth.

"Cruz didn't have much of a chance to block that pitch," Feliciano said of his catcher. "That's a tough one."

Moss stole second and scored on a single by McCarty to put Boise ahead 6-5.

Eugene (31-31) lost its third straight game and fell into last place in the South Division at 10-14 with Boise, Salem-Keizer and Hillsboro tied for first at 11-13.

"It has not been a fun last couple weeks, but we are not going to give up on these guys," Feliciano said. "I know they are working hard to get the job done and they are capable.

"We have two more weeks, 14 more games, and it is in our hands. We are not depending on other teams to see what happens, we have the opportunity to beat these teams. We cannot play worse than we are now."

Eugene took the lead with three runs in the second after Filiere led off with a double and Polanco walked. Cruz singled in Filiere before Jose Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Polanco.

Rafael Narea followed with a single that brought in Cruz.

Boise got two runs in the third off Eugene starter Alex Lange when Cole Anderson and Linkous had back-to-back singles before Matt McLaughlin hit a two-run double.

Lange, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs, allowed four hits and two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings while striking out five in his final appearance of the season before heading back to LSU for classes.

Eugene had a chance to extend the lead in the fifth when Gonzalez, Narea and Zach Davis each singled to load the bases with one out, but Chris Singleton and Bethencourt each popped out.

Reliever Jesus Camargo threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings before he allowed two runs in the seventh as Boise took the lead.

McLaughlin doubled with one out before Bret Boswell and Edgeworth each walked to load the bases. Camargo hit Sean Bouchard with a pitch to bring in the tying run before Austin Bernard hit an infield single that scored Boswell to put the Hawks up 4-3.

Jake Steffens came out of the bullpen to retire two batters with the bases loaded to end the inning and then tossed a scoreless eighth before Aquino allowed two earned runs in the ninth.

NOTES: Eugene pitching coach David Rosario was ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing with umpire Anthony Warner. ... Cory Abbott (0-0, 3.60) gets the start Sunday afternoon for Eugene while Keinter Olivares (3-1, 5.91) starts for Boise. ... Carson Sands, a fourth-round pick of the Cubs in 2014 who went 3-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 14 starts for Eugene in 2015, was sent back to the Emeralds from long-season Class A South Bend after going 0-3 in three starts.
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Title Annotation:Ems Baseball; Boise ties it on wild pitch in ninth and then gets the winning hit
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U8ID
Date:Aug 20, 2017
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