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Late Provo rally leads to victory

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PROVO — Through five innings, the Provo Angels were staring at a bunch of zeroes on their half of the scoreboard.

Idaho Falls pitcher Jacob Mullis was in command and his team was staked to 2-0 lead.

Then Chukar manager Carlos Lezcano opted to replace Mullis with reliever Adam Rowe.

For Provo, that turned out to be a very good thing.

That's because the Angels rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory over Idaho Falls in the first game of a planned doubleheader Saturday night at Larry H. Miller Field.

The second game of the doubleheader was rained out.

Provo began their comeback when third baseman Nate Sutton drew a walk against Rowe to open the sixth. Sutton scored one batter later on Ben Johnson's double into the gap in left-center field.

Pinch hitter Michael Perdomo reached first on a fielder's choice, then catcher Tim Duff bounced a potential double-play ball in the infield. Idaho Falls shortstop Mario Lisson successfully executed the put-out on Perdomo, but his ensuing throw skipped past first baseman Russell Brown, allowing Duff to advance to second.

It proved to be a costly error for Idaho Falls as Angel rightfielder JR Renz capitalized on the scoring opportunity by driving Duff home with a single to give Provo its first lead of the game.

Angels reliever Mitch Arnold closed out the win by retiring the side in order in the seventh and final inning. It marked Arnold's third save of the season.

Billy Layman started the game for Provo, but he lasted just two innings before giving way to Karl Gelinas. Gelinas pitched four innings and surrendered six hits and a walk while striking out one en route to his first victory of the year.

For a time, though, it appeared Gelinas and the Angels were headed for defeat — after the 6-foot-4 right-hander from Quebec, Canada, served up a two-run home run to Brian McFall in the fourth frame.

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