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Trailing by two runs late in the seventh inning, the Johnstown Mill Rats collected three runs to take a one-run advantage and never looked back as they beat the West Virginia Miners 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Sam Mast started the frame with a left double and was brought home on a single by Andrew Kribbs.

After another single and a groundout, Jake Casey made the tying run after his groundball deflected off the glove of Miners pitcher Carlos Marquez.

Lukas Torres then doubled the left field line and drove what would prove to be the winning run.

After back and forth the game was tied at 2 for the lead in the seventh, West Virginia scored for two runs on a triple to right center field by Alex Christie to lead 4-2.

The Mill Rats responded with three runs in the bottom half to regain the lead.

Brennan Murphy took the victory in relief for Johnstown after pitching 2 2⁄3 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two.

After West Virginia took the lead in the seventh, Murphy (3-1) retired the Miners in order in the eighth and ninth innings to seal the victory.

Seven different Mill Rats recorded one hit each.

Chase Cromer scored the first two runs for the Mill Rats in the second and sixth innings, coming home on an error each time. Christian Hack got a no-decision after going 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out five.


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