Balentien, who was hitless in five previous at-bats, led off the 13th against Midland reliever Jared Burton and sent a towering drive into the RockHounds bullpen in right field to break a 4-4 tie. The Missions (27-40) added an insurance run in the inning when Gary Harris walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Justin Ruchti.

The RockHounds (35-34) consistently created scoring opportunities, getting the leadoff runner on in each of the first eight innings. They capitalized enough to score four runs but left a few potential big innings unfulfilled.

After a run-scoring double crushed by Kevin Melillo, Midland had runners on second and third with one out in the second inning, but couldn't add to a 1-0 lead. In the fourth the RockHounds had a runner thrown out at the plate before Matt Allegra punched a two-out RBI single to center field.

Ray Aguilar kept San Antonio scoreless through the first five innings of a strong start. But the Missions broke through with three runs in the sixth to take the lead.

Jack Arroyo and Sebastien Boucher singled to open the inning, followed by an RBI single by Oswaldo Navarro. Boucher and Navarro advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jesus Guzman. Wladimir Balentien ripped a one-hopper to third baseman Eddie Cornejo, who had the ball glance off his glove as Boucher sped home from third. Cornejo retrieved the ball and had time to get Balentien at first but threw the ball away, allowing Navarro to score the go-ahead run.

Midland regained the lead in the seventh on a rally started by two infield hits. Ronnie Merrill singled deep into the hole at shortstop, and Travis Buck laid down a perfect bunt that barely eluded the reach of Missions reliever Jason Mackintosh.

Brant Colamarino drove in Merrill and tied the game at 3-3 with a single to right field. Vasili Spanos followed with a two-strike double into the right-field corner to plate Buck. But the rally was cut short when Colamarino was caught too far off third base, and Spanos was thrown out scrambling back to second base after Colamarino was run down.

The 4-3 lead put Aguilar in position for the win. The left-hander was effective and efficient for the RockHounds, allowing six hits in eight innings while throwing 110 pitches. But he was denied the victory when Monzon hammered the first pitch he saw from Marcus McBeth over the left-field wall, tying the game at 4-4.

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