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Thom blasts homer for winning run
Reynolds puts the tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh
Houston Thom turned into Sherlock Holmes during his final at-bat Friday, solving a Reynolds pitching sequence to bang out the winning home run in the sixth inning of the teams 4-3 win.
Thom stepped to the plate with one out in a game tied 3-3. Throughout the series he had faced pitches across the outside edge of the plate, but in his previous at bat on this day, the Raiders had gone inside on him.
I remembered that and stepped off the plate a bit, Thom said. I knew if I saw another inside pitch, Id be able to handle it.
Handle it. Crush it. Pulverize it.
However you word it, Thom sent the pitch zooming over the left-field fence for the winning run.
Reynolds put the tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh, but Jake Simmons handled a comebacker to the mound to collect the final out.
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