Jonathan Greene blasted two homers, including the decisive blow in the eighth inning, leading the Clinton LumberKings to a 5-4 win over the Lansing Lugnuts before 9,817 fans at Oldsmobile Park.
Greene's second home run of the game came with the LumberKings trailing 3-2. But after Engel Beltre and Mitch Moreland each drew walks, Greene belted a two-out, three-run dinger over the left field wall, putting his team up 5-3.
The Lugnuts would battle back in the ninth as Darin Mastroianni was hit by a pitch and stole second base to start the inning. Eric Eiland then laced a single that plated Mastroianni, cutting the deficit to
Eiland then quickly swiped second base, giving Lansing a runner in scoring position with no men out. Justin Jackson followed that by lifting a deep fly ball to right field. Clinton right fielder Kyle Murphy slipped while going after the ball, but was still able to catch the ball while lying down. The grab only allowed Eiland to move to third base, and the LumberKings were able to get out of the inning, closing out the win.
Lansing had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After loading the bases with the first three batters of the game, David Cooper's ground ball was misplayed by Clinton first-baseman Mitch Moreland. The error let two runs cross the plate.
Trystan Magnuson started the game for Lansing and retired the first nine batters of the contest. However Beltre doubled to start the fourth and later scored on Moreland's RBI groundout, cutting the Lugnuts lead to 2-1.
Magnuson finished his outing after four innings of work. He allowed one run on two hits and struck out four batters.
Greene would tie the game later as he hit his first homer of the night, a solo shot in the sixth that made it a 2-2 game.
Julio Santana (3-2) got the win for Clinton after hurling 2/3 inning of one-hit relief.
Tim Collins (3-1) took the loss for Lansing after allowing three runs, all of which came on the eighth inning Greene homer. He was also charged with a blown save, his second of the year.
Adalberto Flores was able to hang on in the ninth and pick up his ninth save of the season.
Lansing (59-46, 20-15) and Clinton (58-44, 17-18) will continue the series Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Luis Perez (4-7, 3.51) will make the start for the Lugnuts, while Jorge Quintero (4-5, 6.67) will take the hill for the Kings.
Sunday is Kids Day at Oldsmobile Park featuring Pepsi Kids Run the Bases after the game.