WINNIPEG, Man. | Sioux City erupted for five runs in the 11th inning and needed all of that as it hung on for an 8-7 win over Winnipeg in an American Association baseball game at Shaw Park Thursday evening.
The win ended Sioux City's franchise high 10-game losing streak and gave the Explorers their first win after losing nine straight to the Goldeyes.
Tyler Ogle dropped a bases-loaded single into left field in the 11th inning to break a 3-3 tie. Nate Samson added a bases-loaded walk and Tanner Vavra hit a two-run single to center before Samson scored the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch.
The wild pitch appeared to score a meaningless insurance run but it turned out to be crucial when Winnipeg's Mason Katz drove a home run over the fence in left center field to pull the Goldeyes within one.
An inning earlier, Sioux City took a 3-2 lead when it got an RBI single from Dre Gleason to right but the Goldeyes answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to move the game to the 11th.
Samson belted a double to right center with two out to get the rally going and scored just ahead of the throw to the plate.
Josh Romanski, however, deadlocked the score once again with two out and two strikes in the bottom of the 10 when he hit a single to left that scored Mason Katz' just ahead of Sioux City catcher Dylan Kelly's tag. P.J. Francescon came back to fan Reggie Abercrombie to send the game to the 11th.
Pitcher Keith Picht had a strong start for Sioux City, allowing two hits and four walks over five innings of work. Picht, who has worked out of the bullpen most of the season, has moved into the X's rotation recently and left with the score tied at 2-2.
Sioux City got a run in the first inning but could have had more. The X's had four hits and plated a run on a one-out single by Ogle that scored Jayce Ray. Ogle has been an offensive force over the last 20 games for the Explorers with 19 RBI's.
Sioux City opens a three-game series at Haymarket Park against Lincoln Friday.