AMARILLO, TEXAS ---- The Edinburg Roadrunners lost the first game of their eight-game road trip 10-6 to the Amarillo Dillas at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Tuesday night.
Tim Haines (3-3) picked up the loss after he allowed eight runs while scattering 13 hits and striking out six in five innings of work.
Amarillo (18-15) gave Richard Jessup (3-1) an early three run lead scoring three runs on three singles and a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 score after the first.
Cameron McGuire hit a solo home run in the top of the second that made the score 3-1, but the Dillas scored two more runs in the bottom of second after a two-run double by Terrance McClain that extended the Amarillo lead 5-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, McClain hit yet another two-run double that scored Andrew Wong and Keanon Simon for the 7-1 advantage.
Edinburg (16-17) responded with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth starting with Bryon Smith driving in Robert Matlock from third with an RBI single.Osiel Flores then followed with an RBI single that allowed Smith to score to make it a 7-3 game.
In the bottom half of the fifth, an RBI double by Brian Bueno extended the Dillas lead to five runs, but the Roadrunners came back with two more runs in the top of the sixth with an RBI double by Vincent Blue and an RBI ground out by Robert Matlock to put the score at 8-5.
In the top of the eighth inning Edinburg had bases loaded, but was able to post only one run on an RBI walk by Carlos Hereaud that brought the Roadrunners within two at 8-6.
The Dillas scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning that made it a 10-6 game and Eric Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season to seal the win for Amarillo.
The Roadrunners and Dillas will play game two of this four-game series Wednesday night at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa.Miguel Martinez (2-2) is expected to pitch for the Edinburg with game time set for 7:05 p.m.
The Roadrunners are members of United League Baseball, an independent league of six professional baseball teams located in Texas that include Amarillo, Coastal Bend, Laredo, Rio Grande Valley and San Angelo.