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By Steven Grandy / Northwest Arkansas Naturals
05/05/2013 6:16 PM ET

 (John Owen)

SPRINGDALE, Ark - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals smacked a season-high 13 hits, scoring 12 runs as they earned their tenth victory of the season with a 12-4 win over the Arkansas Travelers on Sunday at Arvest Ballpark.

The Travelers took the lead on the fourth pitch of the game as Rolando Gomez hit a leadoff home run to right field for his fourth home run of the season. Gomez finished a double short of the cycle, knocking triple to right field in the third and hitting a two-run single in the fifth.

The Naturals got on the board with four runs in the second inning. Whit Merrifield hit a two-out single that bounced off of the second base bag to score Mitch Canham andYem Prades. After an Alex McClure single, Angel Franco doubled to score Merrifield and McClure, giving the Naturals a 4-1 lead after two innings.

The teams traded runs in the third inning, with Arkansas getting a run on a single fromKaleb Cowart that scored Gomez, and the Naturals countering with a Yem Pradessacrifice fly.

Two home runs fueled a five-run fourth for the Naturals. After Matt Fields and Merrifield reached to start the inning, Franco homered to right to give the Naturals an 8-2 lead.Orlando Calixte singled after Franco's home run with a single, followed by Rey Navarrohitting his first home of the season to right field.

Arkansas scored two runs in the fifth on a two-run single from Gomez, but the Naturals got out of the inning without allowing any further damage.

Canham went three-for-four with a double and two singles, extending his hitting streak to five games and multi-hit games in four of his last five games. Calixte went two-for-five with a single, double and two runs scored. McClure also went two-for-four with a single, double and two runs scored.  

Sugar Ray Marimon earned his second win of 2013. Marimon allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Matt Oye is tagged with the loss for Arkansas. Oye allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on nine hits with three strikeouts in four innings.

Yordano Ventura (2-0, 2.31 ERA) is scheduled to start tomorrow night for the Naturals. He will be opposed by Manny Correa (1-2, 4.15 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.




 
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