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51s beat Fresno in ninth inning; take three games in season opening series

Las Vegas 51s Season Opener

Las Vegas 51's mascot Cosmo jokes with Macy Perkes, 11, Emma Perez, 11, and Kate Perkes, 9 before the 51's season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday, April 3, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Zach Lutz’s game-ending RBI double scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis with the winning run today for the Las Vegas 51s in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 6-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies at Cashman Field.

Las Vegas took three games in the four-game series against Fresno to open the Triple-A season.

Fresno rallied in its half of the ninth for the second straight day against the Las Vegas bullpen, evening the game at five when the Grizzlies’ Gary Brown doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.

However, unlike last night when Fresno scored seven in the ninth to steal the win, Las Vegas limited the damage. Nieuwenhuis and Lutz had back-to-back doubles for the 51s in the bottom half of the frame for the win.

Eric Campbell had two of the six Las Vegas hits, including a two-run double. Pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu appeared to hit a home run in the seventh inning, and started rounding the bases, but the umpire ruled it a foul ball. That prompted 51s manager Wally Backman to get thrown out of the game for arguing the call.

Las Vegas starts a four-game series Monday at Cashman Field against Sacramento.

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