CLEBURNE, Texas | Angel Rosa was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Angelo Gumbs was 2-for-4 with three RBIs while leading the Cleburne Railroaders to a 5-3 American Association win over the Sioux City Explorers Wednesday night at The Depot at Cleburne Station.
Cleburne, which led from start to finish, saw a 13-game losing streak come to an end. The Explorers’ nine-game winning streak came to a close, as winning pitcher Michael Gunn (3-4) allowed six hits while striking out three in seven innings of work.
Rosa doubled in the first inning off eventual losing pitcher Ian McKinney (1-1) and scored on a groundout by Gumbs. Two innings later, Rosa hit a solo home run, his 11th of the season.
Gumbs drilled a two-run home run in the sixth inning to increase Cleburne’s lead to 5-0. The shot off McKinney, who was making just his third start of the season for the Explorers, was Gumbs’ second of the season.
Gunn was quietly shutting down the American Association’s winningest squad and league-leading offense. He had retired eight Explorers in a row before Blake Schmit, the No. 6 batter in Manager Steve Montgomery’s batting order, singled with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
Schmit scored on Dexture McCall’s double, his 17th of the season, to lift the Explorers within 5-1.
Cleburne reliever Roman Gomez blanked Sioux City in the eighth inning, but Jose Serno hit his team-leading 14th home run of the season to lead off the ninth.
Jay Baum singled to spell the end for Gomez, who was replaced on the mound by closer Shawn Blackwell with no outs. Schmit, the first batter Blackwell faced, walked, but Blackwell coaxed McCall to fly out to right field.
Baum scored on Dylan Kelly’s one-out single, but Blackwell fanned pinch-hitter David Kerian with runners at the corners. The game ended when Luis Durango flew out to center field.
Sermo went 3-for-4 for the Explorers. Sioux City, which outhit Cleburne 9-8, left seven runners on base.
Sioux City closed the season series with a 10-2 advantage over Cleburne.