Rascals rally to score victory over Grizzlies

News-DemocratJuly 9, 2013 

O'FALLON, Mo. - River City scored five runs in the seventh inning and the Rascals picked up a 7-5 comeback winTuesday night against the Gateway Grizzlies at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

River City (19-26) scored five runs on four hits against the Grizzlies and starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West (7-2) in the seventh inning. Phil Wunderlich and Jake Atwell both hit two-run doubles to erase a 4-2 Grizzlies lead.

"That's the game right there," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "That one inning really hurt us and changed the game."

West, who was named to the All-Star team Monday, allowed six runs on nine hits in six-plus inning of work. The right-hander from Atlanta, Mo., struck out five batters and walked two. It was the first road loss of the season for West.

"Outside of that one inning Ja'Vaun was throwing real well," Warren said. "He was throwing strikes and his pitch count was real good. They just really got to him in the seventh before we took him out."

River City recorded four singles, but scored just once to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Steve Carillo drove in his seventh run of the season.

Gateway (29-16) responded with an offensive outburst of four runs in the fourth inning. Jose Flores, Chris McClendon and Landon Hernandez began the inning with three straight singles. Hernandez plated his 35th run of the season.

Jet Butler followed the string of singles with a three-run home run to right field over the 40-foot wall. The home run was Butler's eighth of the season and it gave Gateway a 4-1 lead.

Danny Canella hit a solo home run to right field in the sixth to pull the Rascals within two.

After River City took the 7-4 lead in the seventh, Gateway responded with a run in the ninth on a Michael Pair RBI single, but couldn't plate any more runs.

Jonathan Johnson, McClendon and Pair all had two hits for Gateway.

The Grizzlies and Rascals will play a doubleheader Wednesday. The first pitch is set for 4:35 p.m.

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