Three-run, walk-off homer prevents Steamers sweep

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PETERSBURG -- A walk-off, three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh by Taylor Buran capped a four-run rally  as the Petersburg Generals gained a split of a doubleheader with the Edenton Steamers Saturday night in Petersburg. The Steamers (22-3 second half, 41-11 overall) lost the nightcap 6-5 after winning the opener 9-1. Jordan Egan (3-1) was unable to hold a 5-2 Steamers lead in the last inning of the second game. An error, a double, a single and Buran's homer gave the Generals (7-17, 11-41) the victory.

It was the only time this year Petersburg has beaten Edenton. The Steamers won seven of the eight games played between the two teams this season. Wasted in defeat was a 13-strikeout effort by Steamers starter Bennie Mejia, who pitched the first five innings. The Steamers, who had won five in a row coming into the second game, managed only four hits. Tim Saunders had two of them. Edenton scored four runs in the second with two hits, two walks, a hit batter and a groundout. In the opener, which was actually the completion of a game from July 24 that had been suspended by rain, the Clams extended their team-record victory total to 41 and also established a team season record for stolen bases and a Coastal Plain League mark for walks in a season. The 2007 Steamers won 39 games. Edenton broke the stolen base record with a double steal in the third inning that raised its season total to 124. The previous mark of 123 stolen bases was set by the 2005 squad. When the Steamers drew their 263rd walk of 2011, it broke the league record of 262 established by Forest City in 2010. Esteban Guzman (2-0) was the winning pitcher in the game, which resumed with the Generals leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning and Nathan Burns batting with the bases loaded. Burns struck out, but Brian Blasik drew a walk to score Ryan Brenner and tie the game at 1-1. The Steamers went ahead to stay in the second inning when Joe Wendle drove in a run with a groundout and Zach Stewart singled in another run. Guzman, who started the original game, wound up being credited with a seven-inning complete game despite the seven-day gap. It was the first complete game by a Steamer this seasn. Guzman allowed four hits and struck out seven. Blasik led the offense with two hits and four RBIs. Jeff Calhoon had three hits and drove in two runs. Brenner and Adam Giacalone added two hits apiece.