A five-run first inning and strong start by Bryan Sammons earned his first Triple-A victory with five strong innings as the Saints snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers Wednesday night at Huntington Park.
Jose Miranda was 2 for 5 with Gilberto Celestino, Drew Maggi and Damek Tomscha each drove in two runs, and Jose Miranda went 2 for 5 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and raise his batting average to .331.
Maggi hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Saints a 7-0 lead.
Sammons (1-2) was charged with two earned runs on four hits and three walks in five innings. He struck out four.
Columbus loaded the bases in the four inning with a walk and consecutive singles. Mike Rivera then hit a tapper in front of the plate and Tomás Telis fielded and touched the plate for the force out. But his throw to first base glanced off of Rivera and went down the right field line, allowing the other two base-runners to score.
Celestino drove in another run in the seventh inning with his second double of the night. He finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Jimmy Kerrigan’s sacrifice fly ended the scoring.
Luke Farrell, rehabbing for the Twins, pitched a scoreless sixth with one walk. Derek Law, another rehabbing Twins pitcher, tossed two scoreless innings giving up two hits and walking two.