DAYTON, Ohio - Peoria's Jacob Wilson belted a tie-breaking two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning as the Chiefs came from behind to defeat the Dayton Dragons 7-5 on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field. The Chiefs took two-of-three games in the series as they improved to 10-9 on the season and dropped the Dragons to 7-15.
The Dragons led 5-3 after seven innings before Peoria scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game. In the ninth, Dragons reliever Alejandro Chacin retired the first two batters before walking Alex Mejia. Wilson followed with a long home run to left field to give the Chiefs a 7-5 lead.
Dayton's Beau Amaral reached on an error to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Brent Peterson struck out swinging for the first out. Zach Vincej then struck out looking and Amaral was thrown out attempting to steal second for a double play to end the game.
Peoria built a 2-0 lead over the early innings. Midwest League home run leader Patrick Wisdom belted a second-inning solo home run, his sixth homer of the year, and the Chiefs added an unearned run in the top of the fourth.
The Dragons scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a brief lead. Vincej, Jesse Winker, and Jeff Gelalich each delivered base hits to start the inning, loading the bases with no one out. Seth Mejias-Brean's RBI ground out brought in Vincej, and Tanner Rahier's infield single drove in Winker to tie the game. Gelalich scored on Robert Ramirez's ground out to make it 3-2. The Chiefs tied the game with a single run in the top of the fifth.
The Dragons regained the lead in the sixth when Mejias-Brean singled with one out, went to second on a two-out single by Ramirez, and scored on Wagner Gomez's hit to right to make it 4-3. The Dragons added another run in the seventh when Vincej walked and scored from first on Winker's double over the head of the center fielder.
The Dragons finished with 10 hits. Winker collected three to raise his batting average to .292.
Dragons starting pitcher Ismael Guillon worked four and one-third innings and allowed three runs (two earned). He gave up five hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Wes Mugarian replaced Guillon and pitched three innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Chacin (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in one and two-thirds innings. He walked one.
The Dragons host the Burlington Bees at Fifth Third Field on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the start of a three-game series. Pedro Diaz (0-0, 3.68) will start for the Dragons against Burlington's Alex Keudell (1-1, 2.60).
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