HARLINGEN – Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings starting pitcher Alexander Concepcion struck out seven in six and two-thirds innings to beat the Edinburg Roadrunners 5-3 on Saturday at Harlingen Field.
The WhiteWings (20-16) are now 11-2 against the Roadrunners (15-21) this season after taking 4-of-5 in this series.
Concepcion (4-3) retired six of the first seven hitters he faced, but R.J. Harris led off the top of the third inning with a home run to straight-away center field to make it 1-0.
The WhiteWings answered back with four runs in the bottom of the inning against Jorge Quintero (2-4). Brandon Decker led off with a walk and Francisco Santana reached on a fielder’s choice. Wilmer Pino followed with an RBI-single and David Peralta hit into an RBI-fielder’s choice. One out later, Gerardo Avila hit an RBI-single, moved ahead two bases on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on a single by Eric Gonzalez.
Santana hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put the WhiteWings up 5-1.
The Roadrunners put two on with two out in the seventh to set-up an RBI-single by C.J. Beatty to knock out Concepcion. Danny Rondon escaped the inning, but allowed a solo home run to Osiel Flores in the eighth to bring the Roadrunners within 5-3.
Edgar Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
The WhiteWings welcome the San Angelo Colts to town for the first game of a four-game series on Family Sunday at 7:05 p.m. Look for a coupon in the Valley Morning Star, Brownsville Herald or The Bargain Book to find a coupon that will allow you to bring up to six people to the game and get dinner for just $25. Right-hander Eric Blackwell (1-2, 2.46) is expected to pitch for the WhiteWings.