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Canaries use homers to down X's

SIOUX FALLS | The Sioux Falls Canaries didn’t have many hits, but they made the most of the ones they did get to post their first win of the season 3-1 over Sioux City at Sioux Falls Stadium on Sunday.


The Explorers had taken the first three games of the series – the last two in Sioux Falls – but managed just one run in the eighth inning.


Explorers' starting pitcher Dan Jurick was cruising to begin the game until the fourth inning. With a runner on and two outs, Steve Domecus hit a two-run home run to put the Canaries up 2-0.


It was the first hit given up by Jurick in the game.


Cory Morales would increase Sioux Falls' lead to 3-0 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.


The Explorers, which left seven men on base in the game, got on the board in the eighth when Anthony Kaskadden opened the frame with a single and Sam Judah drew a one-out walk. Wally Backman Jr. followed with a walk to load the bases before Peter Barrow drove in Kaskadden with a single.


The Explorers were unable to tack on any more runs as reliever Kirk Clark induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Palmer Karr to end the inning. It was one of three double plays turned by Sioux Falls in the game.


Alan DeRatt pitched a perfect ninth to earn his first save.


Jurick went six innings giving up three earned runs. He walked four and struck out four in taking the loss. Jimmer Kennedy and Jon Plefka each worked an inning of relief and allowed just one hit between them.


Sioux Falls starter Kyle Ruwe went 7-1/3 innings, allowing six hits and the one earned run. He walked three and struck out three.


Judah was the lone Explorer with multiple hits in the game as he went 2-for-3.


The game, which was played under cloudy skies and with the threat of rain, was played in a brisk 2 hours, 7 minutes.


The Explorers are back in action tonight when they return home to Lewis and Clark Park to host New Jersey at 7:05 p.m. It is the first of a six-game homestand for Sioux City