LINCOLN, Neb. | Lincoln's Brent Dean hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and give the Saltdogs a 5-4 win over Sioux City in an American Association baseball game at Haymarket Park Friday evening.

The hit helped the Central Division leader snap a three-game losing streak and move another step closer to clinching a post-season berth.

The Explorers (40-50) got a run back in the ninth on a run-scoring single by Joel Davis with two out but left the tying run on third base to end the game. It was Davis' third hit of the game.

Sioux City got the lead for the fourth straight time in its current road trip on three hits in the third inning. Davis hit a one-out and went to third on Tony Campana's single. Davis eventually came in to score on Michael Lang's single.

The lead was short lived, however, as Lincoln answered with three runs in its half of the third to go up 3-1.

The Explorers got the two runs back and tied the game in the sixth when LeVon Washington followed a Michael Lang lead off double with a two-run homer. The round tripper was Washington's 10th of the season.

Chris Powell gave up the decisive home run and took the pitching loss for Sioux City. Lincoln extended its lead in the division to five game after second-place Gary SouthShore lost to Kansas City.

The teams play the second game of a three game series here Saturday at 6:45 p.m.