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Johnson drives in two, Railroaders win 2-1

07/09/2017 8:39 PM

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CLEBURNE, Texas -- Axel Johnson finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and the Cleburne Railroaders split another four-game set against the Lincoln Saltdogs with a 2-1 win at The Depot on Sunday night.

Johnson drove in the only two Cleburne runs of the game -- one with a game-tying RBI double in the first inning and another with a single in the third -- and Harrison Lee gave up just one run with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings to earn his first win of the year.

The Railroaders combined for 12 hits -- the most since June 23 against Wichita -- and hit five doubles for the first time since May 30 against St. Paul.

Cleburne stranded eight runners, but seven of the nine starters recorded a hit, and newcomers Derrick Pyles and Yunesky Sanchez combined to go 4-for-8 in the 4-5 spots in the lineup.

Maikol Gonzalez stole two bases, totaling 300 in his professional career, and Ermindo Escobar tied his longest hitting streak of 2017 -- six -- with a double in the seventh inning.

Winston Abreu worked around a one-out single with three strikeouts to earn his 12th save of the season -- second most in the American Association -- and along with Casey Upperman and Carlos Misell, the Cleburne bullpen worked 3.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

The Railroaders now turn to a three-game set with the Texas AirHogs, wrapping up a 16-game homestand at The Depot. The series begins Monday at 7:06 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online at or by visiting the box office located near the main gate at the stadium.

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