TUESDAY at Amarillo
The Runners (29-13) came up huge in the clutch on the road to break a three-game losing streak, with Robert Matlock and Ambiorix Concepcion each hitting safely three times. Edinburg trailed into the late innings before rallying for a 7-4 win over the Dillas, with Julio Castro notching save No. 13. Felix Molina homered and tripled in the 13-hit effort.
WEDNESDAY at Amarillo
The pitching staff allowed a season-worst 19 hits in a 14-6 slugfest loss; Mark Dibernardo suffered the loss to drop to 5-2, but the offense got two positive signs. One, Vincent Blue, mired in a prolonged slump, tripled, drove in two runs and scored twice; two, Wilmer Pino, also struggling lately, went 3 for 4 as did Carlos Hereaud, who continued to lead the club (29-14) in hitting with a .346 clip. Pino also stole his 20th base, tops on the team.
THURSDAY at Amarillo
After allowing 14 markers the day before, the Runners turned the tables with a 14-7 victory in which Pino and Alexis Hernandez each collected three hits. Pino scored three times and Hereaud plated three in a strange game that was scoreless through four innings. Edinburg forged a 6-0 lead only to see Amarillo come back with seven in the bottom of the sixth off starter Erix Montoya (six walks, a season high). Ricardo Serrano relieved and eventually earned the W as his mates notched three in the seventh to take back the lead and then five in the eighth to put it away. The UTPA exes Ray Silva and Evan Cunningham shut the door on the Dillas in the last two frames.
FRIDAY at Amarillo
With a 15-7 win, the Runners took three of four from the Dillas in the biggest series of the year to date, solidifying a 5 1/2-game lead at the top of the standings. The team cranked out 20 hits including four each from Molina and Wilson Batista, with Melvin Perez and Pino getting three apiece. Wardell Starling won his sixth of the year as the team improved to 31-14 and prepared for a trip to Laredo over the weekend.