07/07/2011 9:41 PM -
Catcher Johnny Bowden went three-for-four with a double and three RBI for the Kansas City T-Bones (22-29) as they defeated the El Paso Diablos (13-38), 6-2, in the first game of a four-game series on Thursday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Cruz left after surrendering a one-out walk to Jimmy Mojica in the seventh. Keanon Simon followed with an RBI triple off reliever Scott Vander Weg and later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-1.
Cruz was charged with four runs on six hits in the loss.
Santos held El Paso to just two runs on seven hits over seven and one-thirds innings in the victory. The left-hander gave way to Kyle Dahman after surrendering an RBI single to Albenis Machado in the eighth, but Dahman induced a double-play groundout from his only batter to leave a runner stranded.
Bowden capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth. Trent Lare added a scoreless ninth to finish the game for Kansas City.
Mojica went 0-for-three with two walks and a run scored, snapping his 10-game hit streak.
Kansas City sends Kris Johnson (0-2, 4.65) to the mound on Friday night opposite Adam Rowe (1-4, 8.60) and the Diablos in a battle of southpaws. First pitch is set for 7:05. Call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats now!