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Toros rally falls short to Outlaws

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Toros rally falls short to Outlaws

Francisco Plasencia tied Cristobal Santana’s 18-game hit streak record in dramatic fashion in Tucson’s 7-4 defeat in their final game against the Outlaws this season.

In his first at-bat of the game with the bases empty, Plasencia drove a 1-0 pitch to centerfield for his first homerun of the season.

After shutting down Chico’s bats in the first inning, Toros starter Vince Davis allowed two runs in the second, both coming off an RBI single from Outlaws centerfielder Mitch Einertson.

Davis gave up two more in the third, when he walked three batters.

Besides Plasencia’s homer in the second, the Toros could not put a run across until the fourth.

Down 4-1, Tucson led off the inning with three straight basehits and got two runs to reduce their deficit to one run.

Chico added two insurance runs in the seventh by three consecutive hits (two doubles and a single), and tacked on another one in the eighth to increase their lead, 7-3.

The Toros got one back on a bases-loaded RBI sacrifice fly.

Davis (3-3) suffered the loss and went 6 1/3 innings on six runs (four earned), eight hits and seven strikeouts.

Chico starting pitcher Demetrius Banks went 5 innings on three runs, eight hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

The Toros drop to 20-24 and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

They travel to Orange County to face the Flyers for a two-game set, their last series before the All-Star Game back in Tucson.

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