Herald Staff Report

DAYTON, Ohio — Despite an early-morning wakeup call to make the bus for the longest trip they make, the Clinton LumberKings had enough energy left Tuesday night to score once in the eighth inning and twice in the ninth and beat Dayton 7-5 in Midwest League baseball.

The LumberKings, who improved to 15-9 and remained in second place in the Western Division standings, trailed 5-4 after seven innings before coming back.

They pulled even in the eighth inning when Luis Nunez delivered his third hit of the game, a single that scored Travis Howell from third base.

Maximo Mendez started the ninth-inning rally with a leadoff walk. He stole second and third, his 10th and 11th stolen bases of the year. One out later, Scott Savastano drove a pitch over the head of center fielder Dave Sappelt for a triple to right-center field that scored Mendez and put Clinton ahead 6-5. Nate Tenbrink supplied an insurance run with a sacrifice fly that scored Savastano.

Denny Almonte also had a big night on offense. He hit a pair of home runs. He gave Clinton a quick 2-0 lead with a homer in the first, then added a solo shot in the fifth.

Cheyne Hann, who struck out the side in the eighth inning, picked up the win for the LumberKings. Ruben Flores worked the ninth to earn his fourth save.

The two teams continue their series tonight with a 6 p.m. game.

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