Clippers overcome Saints’ 7-run inning to win fourth straight game in series

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Clippers seem to have the St. Paul Saints’ number this week.

The Clippers beat the Saints for the fourth consecutive time in this six-game series, winning 11-7 on Friday night in front of 7,904 fans at Huntington Park.

Columbus (22-12) jumped to a quick 7-0 lead with three runs in the first inning and four more in the second. St. Paul (15-17) didn’t waste any time getting back in the game, scoring seven runs in the third inning to tie the score 7-7.

That’s where things remained until the Clippers scored two runs in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth to put the game away.

Three big hits ignited the Saints’ seven-run third inning. Jake Cake drove in the first three runs with a bases-loaded triple to center field that scored Cole Sturgeon, Kevin Merrell and Jermaine Palacios. Then Kyle Garlick homered to left field to score Cave and draw the Saints to within 7-5. Sturgeon then tied the score 7-7 with a two-run double to left field that scored Curtis Terry and Caleb Hamilton.

Cave and Terry finished with two hits apiece for the Saints, who had nine hits in all.

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