LOVES PARK — Greg Van Horn drove in a run on a single in the 11th inning and the Rockford Aviators picked up a 4-3 walk-off win against the Gateway Grizzlies Thursday night at Aviators Stadium.
With the bases loaded in the 11th inning against Grizzlies (40-26) reliever Zac Treece, Van Horn hit a game-winning bloop single to center field with one out.
Treece (5-1) took the loss, allowing three hits and one run in one third of an inning. The right-hander from Hot Springs, Ark., also walked a batter.
Rockford (24-41) took the first lead of the game in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Matt Greener.
Landon Hernandez tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning on a solo home run to right field. It was his 11th home run of the season.
Michael Hur provided Rockford's second run of the game in the fourth inning on another sacrifice fly.
Gabe DeMarco led off the seventh inning with a triple for Rockford and came in to score on an Aritz Garcia RBI single to give the Aviators a 3-1 lead.
The Garcia RBI single chased Grizzlies starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West from the game. West allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits in six and a third innings. The right-hander from Atlanta, Mo., collected three strikeouts with no walks. Of the 98 pitches, West threw 70 were strikes.
Vladimir Frias belted a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie the game at three. The home run was Frias' second of the series and fifth in 2013.
Hernandez paced the Grizzlies offensively with a 3-for-4 night.
The Grizzlies and Aviators play the final game of the series Friday night at Aviators Stadium. Right-hander Matt Sergey gets the start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
The Grizzlies return to GCS Ballpark to start a series with River City on Saturday.