SIOUX FALLS, SD -- The Sioux Falls Canaries losing streak hit six games on Friday night after a 10-6 loss to the St. Paul Saints opened a three-game series before 3,874 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium.

The Canaries (13-28) battled back from two big deficits and hit three home runs, but Sioux Falls pitching gave up two big innings and issued a season-high nine walks.

St. Paul (21-19) never trailed after Dwight Childs’ sacrifice fly in the second inning broke a scoreless tie. The Saints plated five runs in third inning against Canaries starter Austin Brough (0-5). The big blow was Brandon Tripp’s three-run home run. Brough lost for the fourth straight time as a starter, allowing six runs, three earned, and seven hits in three innings. He walked four and fanned one.

The Canaries began to respond with Jared Clark’s solo home run – the first of two on the night – in the third inning. In the fifth, Nick Van Stratten tripled and scored on Cory Morales’ groundout, and Marcos Rodriguez blasted a ball over the 410-foot sign in center field in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-2 deficit. It was his second home run of the year and first as a Canaries player.  Rodriguez posted a three-hit night for the second time in just four games with the Birds.

The Saints put the contest out of reach with a four-run rally in the sixth, capped by Childs’ two-run single and helped by two Canaries errors.

St. Paul starter Anthony Claggett (5-1) had a quality start for the win.  He tossed six innings, giving up five hits and three runs. He walked four and struck out six.

The Canaries continue the series against the Saints at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at Sioux Falls Stadium.

Courtesy:  Sioux Falls Canaries