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Late rally keeps Ems' streak alive.

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KEIZER - To win 11 straight games in baseball, a team needs a mixture of strong play and luck - and sometimes it needs, well, divine intervention.

The Eugene Emeralds got a little of all three Monday in a 7-4 Northwest League win against Salem-Keizer at Volcanoes Stadium. Down 4-0 in the ninth inning, the Emeralds scored seven runs, batting 13 times in the rally, to extend their winning steak to 11, two short of the league record. And here's the divine intervention part: The Volcanoes had two strikes, with two outs, on seven straight batters in the last inning, but they couldn't record an out to end the game until the damage had been done.

"Unbelievable," Eugene manager Jeff Gardner said. "I don't think I've ever seen anything like that."

The last-place Emeralds (27-27) continue their unlikely winning streak at the expense of Salem-Keizer (29-25), which falls three games behind first-place Everett, which won Monday.

"We choked," Salem-Keizer manager Fred Stanley said. "We don't deserve to go anywhere playing like this."

Shoddy relief pitching squandered a quality outing for Volcanoes starter Clay Hensley. He was pulled after pitching seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits and striking out eight, to pave the way for the comeback.

After Salem-Keizer reliever James Garcia pitched a perfect eighth inning, Josh Cram started the meltdown. He gave up a leadoff infield single to Pedro DeLosSantos, who was 4-for-5 on the night with a triple, who then stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on another fly ball, by Brian Burgamy.

Cram put on the next two batters with a wild pitch, allowing the runner to reach base after striking out, and a walk. That brought on Jeremy Schmidt - his first appearance since being called up from the Arizona Giants - who was also yanked after he walked two batters, the second scoring a run to make the score 4-2.

Benjamin Mitchell came on with the bases loaded and promptly gave up a two-run single to catcher Adam Shorsher to tie the game at four. Then after Mitchell hit the next batter, he gave up another two-run single to DeLosSantos. Matt Palmer relieved Mitchell and walked in another run before ending the inning with a strikeout.

NOTES: The parent San Diego Padres called left-handed pitcher Kevin Beavers up to Eugene on Monday, sending lefty Tom Lipari down to Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League to make room for Beavers. Beavers, a 16th-round draft pick from Pepperdine, joined the Ems on Monday. He had a 4-2 record, a 4.13 earned-run average and 49 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched for Idaho Falls.

EUGENE SALEM-KEIZER

ab r h bi ab r h bi

DeLosSantos cf 5 1 4 2 Lewis cf 4 1 2 0

Agosto ss 4 0 0 0 Walter cf 0 0 0 0

Burgamy 2b 3 0 0 2 Stone rf 3 2 1 0

Richardson lf 5 1 0 0 Ortmeier lf 4 0 1 0

Pickens dh 3 1 0 0 Williams dh 2 1 0 0

DiBetta 1b 3 1 0 0 Dryer 3b 3 0 1 4

Baker rf 3 1 1 1 Ishikawa 1b 4 0 0 0

Shorsher c 4 1 1 2 Sobieraj 2b 4 0 1 0

Townsend 3b 3 1 0 0 Wald ss 4 0 1 0

Buller c 3 0 0 0

Maestrales ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 33 7 6 7 Totals 32 4 7 4

Eugene ... 000 000 007 - 7

Salem-Keizer ... 100 003 000 - 4

E-Agosto, Ortmeier. DP-Eugene 1, Salem-Keizer 1. LOB-Eugene 6, Salem-Keizer 5. 2B-Dryer. 3B-DeLosSantos, Lewis. HBP-Townsend, Stone. SF-Burgamy, Dryer. SB-DeLosSantos.

IP H R ER BB SO

Eugene

Coonrod 5 1-3 5 4 4 2 4

Modica 1 2-3 0 0 0 0 1

Villatoro W,3-7 1 1 0 0 0 1

Ribas S,12 1 1 0 0 0 3

Salem-Keizer

Hensley 7 3 0 0 0 8

Garcia 1 0 0 0 0 2

Cram 2-3 1 3 3 1 1

Schmidt L,0-1 0 0 2 2 2 0

Mitchell 0 2 2 2 1 0

Palmer 1-3 0 0 0 1 1

WP-Cram. HB-Coonrod, Mitchell.

WEST DIVISION

W L Pct. GB

Everett ... 32 22 .593 -

Salem-Keizer ... 29 25 .537 3

Vancouver ... 29 25 .537 3

Eugene ... 27 27 .500 5

EAST DIVISION

W L Pct. GB

Boise ... 35 19 .648 -

Tri-City ... 27 27 .500 8

Yakima ... 19 35 .352 16

Spokane ... 18 36 .333 17

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Eugene 7, Salem-Keizer 4

Everett 11, Vancouver 2

Boise 8, Spokane 0

TODAY'S GAMES

Eugene at Salem-Keizer

Vancouver at Everett

Spokane at Boise

Yakima at Tri-City
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Date:Aug 13, 2002
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