NORMAL — Jesus Solorzano's leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Normal CornBelters to a 6-5 Frontier League victory over Southern Illinois on Thursday night at the Corn Crib.

Solorzano's line drive blast to right center field completed a three-game series sweep and came one inning after an Aaron Dudley sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-all. 

The Belters trailed 5-2 before a two-run double by Justin Fletcher in the seventh pulled the home team within 5-4.

Solorzano's homer, his second in as many nights, was his fourth of the year and made a winner of Jonathan De Marte (1-1), who relieved Edgar De La Rosa in the seventh.

De Marte pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. De La Rosa was touched for five runs on nine hits in his six innings.

Fletcher had three of Normal's 11 hits, while Solorzano, Miguel Torres and Diego Cedeno added two each.

Normal's first run came in the second on a single by Fletcher and a double by Torres. The Miners used a four-run third to go ahead 4-1, but the Belters cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Torres.

Southern Illinois added to the lead in the sixth with an RBI double at the base of the right center field fence by Anthony Critelli for a 5-2 advantage.

The Belters drew three one-out walks to load the bases in the eighth to set up Dudley's game-tying sacrifice fly. Tre Hobbs (1-1) faced only Solorzano and took the loss.

The Belters returned to .500 at 40-40 while the Miners fell to 32-49. Normal begins a seven-game road trip on Friday in the first of a three-game series at the Gateway Grizzlies.


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