Yurendell de Caster and Ray Sadler were not going to allow the Winnipeg Goldeyes to be eliminated quite yet.
De Caster hit a three-run homer to tie the game in the fifth inning and then Sadler doubled home Ryan Scoma with the winning run, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the St. Paul Saints 5-4 in front of 6,037 at Shaw Park on Friday night.
With the win, the Fish split the four-game series with St. Paul, improve to 54-43 on the season and remained 2 ½ games behind the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the American Association Wild Card race with three games left to play.
"That was a real good baseball game tonight," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. "Matt (starter Jackson) struggled a little at the start, but he pitched a real good fourth, fifth and sixth inning to give us a chance to win.
"Mark (Hardy) gave us some outstanding bridge work in the seventh and eighth and Kiss (Chris Kissock) shut it down in the ninth. I think their young pitcher kid of lost of composure a bit in the fifth. He got the first two outs and then gave up two walks which brought a veteran like de Caster to the plate and he delivered."
St. Paul drew first blood in the top of the second, as Trevor Hairgrove dropped a bunt to score Donald Blunt from third on the safety squeeze play, but Winnipeg tied it in the bottom of the second as Sadler blasted a solo homer.
St. Paul pulled ahead 4-1 after a solo homer by Brandon Tripp off starter Matt Jackson in the top of the fifth but with two out in the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Graham and Amos Ramon drew walks and de Caster hit a monster three-run bomb way over the leftfield wall to tie the game.
Then, with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Scoma singled and Sadler drilled a double off the leftfield wall. Scoma scored all the way from first and Winnipeg led 5-4.
In the ninth, Chris Kissock, who has not given up an earned run in 18 appearances, got the Saints out in order to give Winnipeg the victory.
Sadler was the hitting star with a double, his 20th homer of the year, a run scored and two RBI, while de Caster had a homer and three runs batted in.
Mark Hardy (7-3, 3.48 ERA) was the winning pitcher in relief while Kissock got his first save of the year. MacKenzie King (3-3, 4.05 ERA) took the loss for St. Paul.
"You want every game to matter," said Forney. "(Thursday) night we kind of threw one away on one pitch, but we came back and won tonight and we live to play another day."