GARY, Ind. -- After two failed bunt attempts in the bottom of the ninth, Adam Klein hit a butcher boy single over first baseman John Alonso's head to give the RailCats (20-30) a 5-4 walk-off win over the Saltdogs at U.S. Steel Yard Monday night.
The Saltdogs killed a Gary rally in the bottom of the seventh on a fly-out, throw-out-at-the-plate by Mike Provencher and Salomon Manriquez to keep the game tied at 4-4.
John Alonso, who was named American Association Hitter of the Week earlier in the day, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the losing effort. Provencher and Stephen Holdren booked multi-hit days as well.
Chris Allen (4-4) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief, striking out two to earn the win. Tycen Po Vey (0-2) allowed a run on one hit in two-plus innings to take the loss.
Lincoln took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on four consecutive hits, including three opposite field doubles. RailCats tied the game at 4-4 with a Craig Maddox sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
The Saltdogs committed four errors and have now made 24 errors over the last 11 games.
The clubs meet again Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. for the finale of the four-game series. Ricardo Estevez (0-0, 4.50) is expected to toe the slab for the 'Dogs. Radio coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on KFOR 1240.