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Lincoln relievers subdue RedHawks in late innings as Saltdogs hold on for win

Fargo-Moorhead closed the gap with a three-run sixth but couldn't pull closer in the final three innings in a loss at Lincoln on Wednesday.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Lincoln relievers Matt Cronin and Steffon Moore stilled Fargo-Moorhead bats in the final three innings and the Saltdogs defeated the RedHawks 5-3 on Wednesday before 2,253 at Haymarket Park.

Trailing 4-0 after five innings, the RedHawks put the heat on the Saltdogs with a three-run sixth. But the Saltdogs added a run in the bottom of the sixth and limited the RedHawks to one base runner in the final three innings.

Cronin set the RedHawks down in order in the seventh and allowed only a Drew Ward single in the eighth. He struck out two.

Moore faced just three RedHawks in the ninth, striking out two, to earn the save. Starter Greg Minier got the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings.

F-M's Leo Pina was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Peter Maris singled in a run and Ward and Manny Boscan both had two hits. The RedHawks had just one extra base hit — an Evan Alexander double — among their nine hits.

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Starter Danny Taggart took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out five.

The RedHawks and Saltdogs wrap up a three-game set at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Haymarket Park.

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