FARGO, ND -- The Sioux Falls Canaries hung tough with Fargo-Moorhead for five innings Saturday, leading 4-2 midway through the sixth. But an eight-run fifth inning was the difference in the game in a 14-6 RedHawks victory.
Alay Lago hit his 12th home run for the Canaries (34-50), who return home Sunday to start a new series with the Cleburne Railroaders. Fargo-Moorhead (56-29) completed a three-game sweep with the victory.
The RedHawks opened the scoring in the third inning. Shortstop Yhoxian Medina hit a two-run homer off Birds starter Keaton Steele to give the RedHawks a 2-0 edge.
The Birds responded in an unusual top of the fifth. After a Mike Hart single and a Burt Reynolds hit-by-pitch, Jordan Ebert hit a grounder to first. RedHawks first baseman Correlle Prime made a wild throw to second, allowing Hart to score.
Reynolds scored the tying run on a wild pitch a couple batters later, making it 2-2.
Two more wild pitches led to Birds runs in the sixth inning, giving the Birds a two-run edge.
Things unraveled for Steele in the sixth. The first eight Fargo-Moorhead hitters of the inning reached base; by that point Steele had left the game.
The onslaught included a three-run home run from Prime, his 15th of the season.
Fargo-Moorhead scored four more runs in the seventh inning to take a 14-4 lead. Lago's eighth-inning solo shot and a Mitch Glasser sacrifice fly in the ninth brought the game to its final score.
The Canaries return home Sunday at 6:05 p.m. for Bark In The Park Night at the Birdcage presented by Mini Critters. Fans can bring in their dog for a $5, plus kids can run the bases and get player autographs after the game. Birds fans can score tickets at the stadium box office, by calling 336-6060, or on Ticketmaster.