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Red Sox battle for first place in the East Division

07/08/2013 8:10 AM -

 A win over the Weyburn Beavers on Saturday night put the Regina Red Sox only a game and a half back of the Melville Millionaires for first in the East division. The following night, the Red Sox and Millionaires met for the fourth time this season. 

 
Both starting pitchers began the game strong for their respected teams going three up, three down in the first frame. Red Sox pitcher Justin Blue gave up the first runs of the game in the top of the second inning when Garrett Killgore and Tyler Enns scored for the visitors to give them the early 2-0 lead. Off Ben Villafuerte’s RBI single to center field, A.J. Florence crossed home plate for the Millionaires three innings later. Blue continued to struggle into the sixth and the Millionaires scored four more runs. The Red Sox trailed 7-0, two-thirds of the way into the game.
 
Chris Untereiner smacked a solo shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh to put the home team on the board for the first time in the ball game. Travis Tessandori followed up with a run of his own an inning later, and Untereiner cashed in his second run of the game in the bottom of the ninth. In the end though, the Red Sox couldn’t muster up a late-game comeback and fell to the Millionaires, 7-3.
 
Homero Ortiz, the starting pitcher, went seven strong innings for the Millionaires. He struck out four, allowed only four hits, and finished an ERA of 1.28.
 
Blue pitched for five and one-third of an inning, allowed 12 hits, and seven runs.
 
With the loss, the Red Sox dropped to 13-15 on the season.
 
The Regina Red Sox will welcome the Edmonton Prospects to Currie Field on Monday and Tuesday for back-to-back home games. Both games will start at 7:05 p.m.