SAVANNAH, GA – Albert Cordero singled sharply into center field to bring home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Savannah Sand Gnats a 6-5 win over the Rome Braves Monday night in front of 3,937 raucous fans at Savannah's Historic Grayson Stadium. The win extended Savannah's winning streak to 10 straight games, their longest as a Mets affiliate.
The Gnats (11-1/50-31) are 19 games over .500 for the first time in 2011.
In a 5-5 game in the bottom of the tenth, SS Wilfredo Tovar was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. Asked to bunt, RF Rafael Fernandez dropped a beautiful bunt base hit down the third base line that was ruled an infield hit. Braves' 3B Edward Salccedo, rushing to get the ball to first against Fernandez's speed, threw errantly down the right field line. Tovar, running from first on the play, went to third on the throw, and then was caught in a rundown between third and home. He stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Fernandez to finish the play at third base. After 3B Aderlin Rodriguez grounded out weakly to third, Cordero laced his single into center bringing home Fernandez with the winning run. Cordero finished 2-4 with a double, the game winning RBI, and a walk.
Ronny Morla, who recently rejoined the Gnats from advanced-A St. Lucie earned his first Savannah win by working a 1-2-3 top of the tenth inning. Tyler Hess was charged with the loss, his third, for Rome.