The red-hot Winnipeg Goldeyes return home following a three-game sweep of the Sioux Falls Canaries with an 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon.
It was the sixth straight win for the Fish, who finished their final road trip of the season at 6-1.
Winnipeg remains 1½ games back of the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the wild-card race with seven games remaining in the regular season.
Ryan Scoma opened the scoring in the second inning, courtesy of a Josh Mazzola triple. Mazzola also plated on a Casey Haerther groundout.
The Canaries responded in the third with a pair of their own.
In the fifth, Kevin Moesquit hit a two-run home run off Sioux Falls starter Kyle Ruwe to restore the two-run lead. In the next inning, Ray Sadler took Ruwe deep for another two-run dinger to put the Goldeyes up 6-2. Haerther scored from third on a wild pitch, then Moesquit drove in the inning’s fourth run on a RBI single to make it 8-2.
The Canaries mounted a comeback in the eighth after Goldeyes starter Matt Rusch exited the game. Reggie Abercrombie blasted a three-run home run off Kaohi Downing to cut the Winnipeg lead to three. Downing was replaced by Brendan Lafferty, who promptly gave up back-to-back singles. But with the potential tying run at the plate, Lafferty was able to induce and start a 1-6-3 double-play to end the threat.
Rusch struck out seven Canaries and allowed two runs and five hits to improve to 7-4 on the season. Patrick Keating shut the door on the Canaries in the ninth to record his 17th save of the season.
The Goldeyes begin the final week of the regular season at home on Tuesday against the St. Paul Saints. The first game of the four game-series is set for 7 p.m. at Shaw Park.