ST. PAUL – The Sioux Falls Pheasants came up on the short end of a pitcher’s duel on Saturday night, suffering a 4-2 loss to the St. Paul Saints. The three-game series, the last of the year between the division rivals, is even at one game apiece. The Pheasants (18-16) spotted starter Peter Gehle (2-3) a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Cesar Nicolas’ two-run single. Gehle responded with six shutout innings on just two hits before an unearned Saints run scored in the seventh. Gehle made his third consecutive start against the Saints (17-16) and retired 11 batters in a row in the third through sixth innings. Gehle however gave up a 3 run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning that gave the Saints the lead for good. Gehle turned in his second consecutive quality start and third of the season overall. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Nicolas’ single extended a season-high hitting streak to 15 games, matching a career best. The two teams wrap up the series today in St. Paul.
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