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Quakes drop one in the ninth, lose 7-4

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Ariel Sandoval at the plate on Saturday night
Ariel Sandoval at the plate on Saturday night

RANCHO CUCAMONGA ----  An error on what looked like the final out of the game led to a four-run JetHawk (Astros) rally and the Quakes lose 7-4 on Saturday at LoanMart Field.

The Quakes had been behind all night until newly arrived Dian Toscano hit a two out, two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Quakes a 4-3 lead going to the ninth.

The Quakes had received scoreless relief for the previous three innings and handed the ball to Jeff Mahm for the save.  With two out and a runner on first, Mahm got a ground ball to short.  Erick Mejia fielded the ball but his throw to Michael Ahmed was a little high and Ahmed dropped it.

With new life, Ramon Laureano came up as a pinch-hitter and he doubled in both runners to give the lead back to the JetHawks.  That double extended Laureano's hitting streak to 12 games.

After that, the JetHawks scored two more runs to give them a four-run inning.

The Quakes were retired in order in the ninth as the JetHawks won their seventh straight game.

Both starting pitchers had nothing to do with the game at the end, Andrew Sopko gave up three runs in five innings pitched.  Corey Copping and Luis De Paula came out of the Quake's bullpen to combine to pitch three scoreless innings.

In his California League debut, Dion Toscano not only hit the for the moment go-ahead home run in the eighth, he also singled and had three RBI in his first game as a Quake.