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EVANSVILLE — After squandering a 5-0 lead in losing the completion of a suspended game, the Normal CornBelters salvaged a split Tuesday thanks to Edgar De La Rosa and Yeixon Ruiz.

De La Rosa (3-5) worked six solid innings and Ruiz drove home the go-ahead run as the Belters earned a 3-2 victory over the Evansville Otters in seven innings at Bosse Field.

Diego Cedeno broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth when he led off with a hit, moved up on a sacrifice and scored on Ruiz's two-out single to right off Ryan Etsell (1-1).

The Otters put the tying run in scoring position in the seventh as Chad Gendron issued a leadoff walk before hitting a batter with one out. But Gendron got a pop out and a ground out to close out his third save.

Normal took a 2-0 lead in the second when Nolan Meadows scored on a Cedeno ground out and Craig Lepre came home on a wild pitch. Zach Welz tied it for Evansville with a two-run homer off De La Rosa in the bottom half.

De La Rosa allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

Earlier, Alejandro Segovia's RBI single off Francisco Carillo (1-6) lifted the Otters to a 6-5 victory in a game that started in Normal on July 20.

The Belters built a 3-0 first-inning lead sparked by Jesus Solorzano's two-run homer before the game was suspended by rain in the top of the second.

When play resumed Tuesday, Normal tacked on two runs in the bottom of the second on a Santiago Chirino sacrifice fly and an infield single by Solorzano.

Evansville rallied back with a pair of runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth on the strength of a two-run triple by Ryan Long to pull to within 5-4.

The Otters loaded the bases against Carillo in the ninth on a leadoff single by Nick Walker, a double by Dane Phillips and an intentional walk to Jeff Gardner. Walker scored when J.J. Schultz grounded into a double play and Segovia followed with a single to center.

Meadows reached second as the potential tying run in the bottom half but Randy McCurry picked up his 15th save when he got Justin Fletcher to fly out to end the game.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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