LITTLE ROCK - After losing the first game of a doubleheader

in extra innings and then falling behind by three runs after

one inning in the nightcap, the Arkansas Travelers became

single-minded Tuesday night.

The Travelers bunched together eight singles in a 10-run

third inning to trounce the Tulsa Drillers 13-6 in the second

game of a Texas League doubleheader at Ray Winder Field.

Tulsa won the opener 9-5, scoring four runs in the 10th

inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest with the help

of three Arkansas errors.

The split left Tulsa with a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place

Shreveport in the TL East Division with seven games left

in the first half of the season. Shreveport lost 4-3 to

Jackson on Tuesday night.

After the big inning to close out the opener, Tulsa appeared

to be in good shape for the second game when Monty Fariss'

two-run double gave the Drillers a 3-0 lead. Kevin Belcher

had scored the first run on a passed ball.

But the Travelers came back with a vengeance in the third

inning. They sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning

against Cedric Shaw and Felipe Castillo and got eight hits,

all singles. Shaw, 4-5, faced eight batters in the inning

and allowed five singles and three walks. Castillo came

on and gave up three more singles before getting out of

the inning.

Arkansas' Paul Thoutsis had a two-run single in the third,

and Mike Ross, Joey Fernandez, Mike Fitzgerald, Ric Christian,

Joe Hall and Scott Nichols added run-scoring singles. One

run scored on a wild pitch and another on a throwing error

by Farris.

Tulsa narrowed the margin to 10-6 in the fifth on a two-run

double by Darrin Garner and a run-scoring single by Paco

Burgos. Arkansas responded with Hall's run-scoring single

in the bottom of the inning and added two more runs in the

sixth on a bases-loaded walk issued by Tulsa reliever Mike

Taylor and a wild pitch by Paul Postier.

Len Picota, 4-3, got the victory despite allowing six runs

on eight hits and three walks in six innings.

The game was tied 4-4 after the scheduled seven innings.

Bill Haselman's sacrifice fly scored Dan Rohrmeier to give

Tulsa a 5-4 lead in the eighth, but Arkansas tied it again

in the bottom of the inning on Ross' sacrifice fly.

Greg Iavarone hit a two-run single to highlight Tulsa's

winning rally in the 10th.