The St. Paul Saints led the Toledo Mud Hens by five runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the ninth but couldn’t hang onto the lead and lost 9-8 in 11 innings Thursday night at Fifth Third Field for their season-high fourth-straight loss.
The Saints (53-46), who briefly took over first place in the International League’s Midwest Division before their losing streak, fell 3 1/2 games behind Toledo and a 1 1/2 games behind Omaha.
Aderlin Rodriguez tied the game in the ninth inning for Toledo with a two-run home run of Nick Vincent. It was Rodriguez’s 24th homer of the season, which is tied for the lead in the IL
The Saints scored the placed runner in both the 10th and 11th innings, but each time they were unable to hold the leads. In the 10th, the Mud Hens tied the game on a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly.
In the 11th, the Mud Hens tied the game on a wild pitch by Robinson Leyer. Kody Clemens followed with a double, and Rodriguez again delivered with a single to left to score Clemens with the winning run.
Randy Dobnak got the rehab start for the Saints. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and four walks.
Sherman Johnson went 3 for 5 with an RBI for Saints. Drew Maggi was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.