GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas | The Sioux City Explorers broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the eighth inning and went on to defeat Texas 3-2 in an American Association baseball game at AirHogs Stadium Friday.
Taylor Jordan pitched into the eighth and controlled the AirHog lineup for most of his appearance, limiting the hosts to seven hits while striking out five to improve to 10-2 on the season.
Tied 1-1 in the eighth inning, the X's got the go-ahead run when Blake Schmit went all the way to second on a lead-off error on a grounder to third base. After Nate Samson bunted to move Schmit to third, Jay Baum hit a ground out to third to plate Schmit. An important insurance run came in on a single by Dexture McCall to make the Sioux City lead 3-1.
The Explorers bullpen protected the lead the rest of the way despite allowing the AirHogs to score a run in the ninth. Eric Karch recorded his 18th save of the season allowing an RBI single by Du Xiaolei to let the AirHogs pull within one with two out in the ninth.
The teams traded runs in the fifth inning, with the Explorers taking a brief lead on an RBI single by Samson that scored Luis Durango. Texas answered with its only run of the night in the bottom of the frame on a ground out by Yang Jin.
The AirHogs, who have 13 members of the Chinese National baseball team on their roster, used only members of that squad in their starting lineup Friday in advance of heading to participate in the Asian Games.
The teams square off in the third game of the four-game series here Saturday.