Sarasota scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning and then held off a St. Petersburg rally to defeat the Cardinals 7-5 Monday night at Al Lang Stadium. The loss sinks St. Petersburg to 21-33 _ last in the Florida State League's West Division _ and gives the Cardinals 19 losses in their last 24 games.
St. Petersburg, sparked by Anthony Lewis' fourth home run of the season, held a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, but once again, the bullpen couldn't do its job. Reliever Steve Dixon gave up a single to Scott Cepicky to start the eighth inning and then hit Olmedo Saenz with the next pitch. Two outs later, Clemente Alvarez singled home Cepicky with the tying run.
The White Sox (32-23) then posted four runs in the 10th on a walk, a Saenz triple, an Ed Smith double and a Rob Lukachyk home run. Lukachyk led Sarasota's 16-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. St. Petersburg reliever Ron Weber (1-5) gave up all four runs and suffered the loss.
Charlotte 8, Dunedin 1: The Rangers roughed up Dunedin starter Paul Menhart for seven earned run and 10 hits in 5 innings in their 8-1 victory in Port Charlotte. The teams play again today at 7 p.m. in Port Charlotte.
Clearwater 2, Winter Haven 0: Donnie Elliot gave up four hits and struck out 10 over eight innings, leading the Phillies past the Red Sox in Winter Haven.
_ Special reports were used in this roundup.