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Saints rally past Omaha, then hold on for 7-6 win

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Jose Miranda and Keon Broxton hit two-run home runs, and prospect Josh Winder pitched into the sixth as the St. Paul Saints held off Omaha, 7-6, at Werner Park on Wednesday for their seventh victory in their past eight games.

Winder gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three without a walk. He gave up a two-run home run to Angelo Castellano in the second inning, and an inside-the-park solo homer to Bobby Witt, Jr., in the third that gave the Storm Chasers a 4-3 lead.

But the Saints regained with a four-run seventh powered by Miranda and Broxton, who each hit two-run homers.

Trailing 7-5 in the eighth inning, Omaha loaded the bases with none out on consecutive walks by Nick Pratto (off Jovani Moran), Edward Oliveros and Kyle Isbel (off Ian Gibault) before Sebastien Rivero chased Gibault with a run-scoring single. Nick Vincent replaced Gibault and struck out the side to end the threat.

Vincent stayed in to pitch a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. He gave up one hit, a two-out double, and fanned four.

Twins outfielders Jake Cave, Kyle Garlick and Rob Refsnyder — all on rehab assignments with the Triple-A club — went a combined 6 for 11 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI for the Saints.

The Saints announced Wednesday they will honor Phil “Daddy” Reid and his St. Paul Colored Gophers team with a dedication when the team starts a six-game series against Indianapolis on Tuesday at CHS Field.

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