Veteran lefty Chris Salamida gave the Fish another strong start and the bats continued to boom as the Winnipeg Goldeyes blasted the Sioux Falls Canaries 11-3 at Sioux Falls Stadium on Saturday night.
With the victory, the Goldeyes won their fifth straight game (all on the road) and their second straight series, improved to 51-41 on the season and remained a game and half behind Gary in the American Association wild card hunt with only eight games to play.
While Salamida went five complete innings allowing only one run on nine scattered hits, the Fish scored 11 runs on 14 hits as Josh Mazzola picked up three of them, scored two runs and drove in one; Casey Haerther had a pair of hits, two runs scored and four RBI; and Yurendell de Caster homered.
The Goldeyes didn't waste any time in this one. In the second inning, Mazzola drove in one run and the Fish scored another on a double play as Winnipeg took a quick 2-0 lead. In the fourth, Haerther drove in a pair of runs and Tyler Graham drove home another as Winnipeg took a 5-0 advantage.
The Fish added four more in the fifth and put it away as de Caster hit a solo homer, Haerther tripled in a pair of runs and Luis Alen singled home Haerther. At this stage, it was just a matter of making it to the final out. Sioux Falls scored a pair of late runs, but they had no bearing on the outcome.
The Fish added two more runs in the sixth as de Caster drove in a run with a ground out and Ryan Scoma drove in another with a sacrifice fly. That made it 11-1 and the Goldeyes were guaranteed their 51st win and a better-than-.500 season.
Chris Kissock, Gabe Aguilar and Patrick Keating came on in relief of Salamida and took care of the final 12 outs.
Salamida (6-0, 1.93 ERA) picked up the win, while Sioux Falls starter Kyle Vazquez (6-10, 6.26 ERA) suffered the loss.
The Goldeyes and Canaries will meet in the final game of this three-game weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m. in Sioux Falls. Matt Rusch will get the start for the Fish. The game can be heard live on TSN 1290.
Winnipeg will head home right after Sunday's game and open a four-game series against St. Paul on Tuesday night at Shaw Park.