Ben Waldrip drove in two runs on a 10th-inning single and the Gateway Grizzlies picked up a 5-3 win against the Traverse City Beach Bums in the series opener Friday night at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, Mich.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, Waldrip brought in his 27th and 28th runs of the season to help Gateway (34-19) regain the lead and move a game ahead of the River City Rascals in the West Division.
The win helped the Grizzlies snap a three-game losing streak.
Traverse City (21-31) took a 2-0 lead with a run in the first inning and another run in the third inning.
Jose Vargas drove in a run on a single in the first and Jeff DeBlieux hit a solo home run in the third.
Gateway catcher Landon Hernandez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning to tie the score at 2-2.
The score stayed that way until the ninth inning when Madison Beaird brought in TJ Bennett on a successful squeeze play.
Scott Woodward brought in the game-tying run in the ninth inning for Traverse City to push the game to extra innings.
Richard Barrett (2-1), who allowed the game tying run in the ninth, notched the win for the Grizzlies and Chris DeBoo picked up his first professional save after a one-two-three ninth inning.
Grizzlies starting pitcher Ja"Vaun West pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts.
Gateway and Traverse City will play game two of their series Saturday night. Right-hander Aaron Newcomb gets the start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 6:05 central time.