06/22/2012 11:50 PM
EDINBURG, Texas— The Edinburg Roadrunners won their fourth-straight game after defeating the Fort Worth Cats 5-4 Friday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium in front of 2,368 in attendance.
Miguel Martinez (4-2) picked up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing three runs on four hits with eight strike outs.
The Roadrunners (17-12) got on the board in the bottom of the first with RBI singles from Wilmer Pino and Carlos Hereaud that made it 2-0.
A fielding error in the bottom of the third allowed Stantrel Smith to score from second and then later in the inning an RBI ground out allowed Vincent Blue to score pushing the Edinburg lead 4-0.
Martinez who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning allowed four straight two out hits that allowed the Cats (16-12) to score three runs cutting the Roadrunners lead 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Smith hit an RBI double that allowed pinch-runner Tim Battle to score which made it 5-3 Edinburg.
Fort Worth added a run in the top of the eighth but Julio Castro recorded the final four outs for his third save of the season and giving Edinburg the 5-4 victory.
Former Roadrunner Tim Haines (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs, two earned, in six and two-third innings.
The Roadrunners and Cats will play the second game of their four-game series Saturday night at Edinburg Baseball Stadium. Ryan Smith (3-1) is expected to face James Giulietti (1-2) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.