Saints surrender 4-run lead in final three innings, lose 7-4 to Indianapolis

The St. Paul Saints appeared well on their way to a fourth straight win when a rare breakdown from their bullpen instead sent them to a 7-4 loss to the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday night at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

St. Paul (47-41) was leading 4-0 entering the seventh inning when things fell apart. Relief pitcher Ryan Mason was in his second inning of work after not giving up a hit in the sixth, but the first four batters reached on two walks and two hits, including a two-run triple by Christian Bethancourt.

Kyle Barraclough relieved Mason and ran his streak of consecutive batters retired to 21 with a strikeout, but the next batter, Phillip Evans, hit a two-run double to tie the game.

Ian Hamilton was brought in to the pitch the eighth for Saints, and his luck wasn’t much different. He loaded the bases on a walk, an error by third baseman Nick Gordon and another walk. Chris Sharpe then cleared the bases with a double to give the Indians a 7-4 lead.

The Saints’ Tomas Telis homered in the first inning to give him homers in back-to-back games for the first time since May 8, 2014. Gordon added a three-run home run in the third to give the Saints a 4-0 lead.

Saints starting pitcher Beau Burrows allowed one hit and struck out five in three innings, and Jovani Moran followed with two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three.

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