O'FALLON, MO--The River City Rascals snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 4-3 win over the Evansville Otters, evening the series at a game apiece. Rascals starting pitcher Hector Hernandez (4-0) allowed just one earned run in seven innings, while striking out five to set the tone. The Rascals got four-straight extra base hits in a three-run seventh inning, highlighted by Connor Oliver's first home run of the season, to take the lead for good.
Mike Jurgella scored on a double play in the second inning to put the Rascals ahead 1-0, and the Otters tied the game in the fourth with a Manny Cruz RBI infield single. Zach Lavy hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh, and came home on a wild pitch, putting River City ahead 2-1. After a Kevin Suarez double, Connor Oliver hit a two-run blast to right center to put the Rascals up 4-1. JD Hearn then doubled, making it four consecutive extra base hits for the Rascals in the frame.
The Otters got a home run from Toby Thomas in the eighth, and scored again in the ninth on an RBI fielder's choice from David Cronin to make it a one run game, but Cody Mincey was able to recover and retire the side in the top of the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.
Evansville starter Tyler Vail (0-2) allowed three runs in 6.1 innings, striking out six.
The Rascals (15-10) and Otters (13-12) face off in the rubber match tomorrow night, with the series tied at one. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 pm CT at CarShield Field. Josh Kimborowicz will make the start for the Rascals.