Jose Jimenez’s two-run single with two outs in the top of the 12th inning snapped a 7-7 tie and the 66ers downed Modesto 9-7 at John Thurman Field on Thursday night.
It was the first road extra-inning win of the season for the Sixers (40-51 overall, 8-13 second half).
Jimenez, the 66ers catcher, then provided the decisive defensive play as he threw out Carlos Martinez trying to steal on a game-ending strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play.
The Sixers had taken a 7-3 lead in the top of the eighth, but the Nuts answered with four in the bottom half to tie it up.
Eric Oliver was 3 for 6 with two runs and an RBI, Matt Long homered and scored four runs and Kole Calhoun walked three times and scored three times. The Sixers won despite being out-hit 14-9.
Reigning league Pitcher Of the Week Ariel Pena allowed three runs while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Although Kevin Nabors allowed the four runs in the eighth, the Sixers’ other three relievers were very solid: Caleb Graham, Kevin Johnson and Buddy Boshers (1-4) combined for six shutout innings.