Danny Garcia and Brad Carlson sparked the offense for the Peninsula Oilers Wednesday as each connected on a solo home run to hand the Mat-Su Miners a 9-5 loss at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.
The Oilers struck for three runs in the top of the first inning, but the Miners answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and scored two more in the bottom of the fifth to take a one-run lead.
Garcia and Carlson hit their solo shots in the top of the seventh inning to regain the lead for the Oilers.
Peninsula kept the bats hot in the eighth inning, scoring four runs on three hits to put the game away.
Chad Sterbens singled to start the Oilers rally, and Luke Simmons followed with a walk and was replaced on the basepaths with pinch runner Jackson Coleman.
Jeff Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third, and Joe Hietpas plated Sterbens with a single.
Carlson drew a walk and Tim McCabe hit a two-run double. Carlson rounded out the scoring, scampering home from third on a passed ball.
Tyler Johnson got the start for the Oilers, going 4 1-3 innings. He gave up four runs on four hits, walked four batters and struck out three.
Stephen Copeland picked up his first win of the season for the Oilers, throwing 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and Mike Miller picked up the save, allowing one run on two hits while striking out six over the final three innings.
The Oilers finished their Alaska Baseball League season-opening eight-game road trip with a 6-2 mark. The Oilers are 15-4 overall and will put their six-game winning streak on the line when they face the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks Sunday in the friendly confines of Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Game time is 2 p.m.
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