SAN ANTONIO - There is nothing like dragging out the suspense

the way the San Antonio Missions and Tulsa Drillers did

Tuesday night.

The two teams waited until the final batter to decide the

winner in both games of a Texas League doubleheader before

a crowd of 2,663 at Keith Memorial Stadium.

The Drillers won the first game 4-2 when reliever David

Lynch struck out the Missions' Henry Rodriguez with the

bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning. San Antonio

won the nightcap 3-2 on Luis Martinez's two-run single off

Tulsa's Phil Bryant.

The two teams resume the series tonight with the Drillers'

Eric McCray, 4-5, scheduled to face Mike James, 8-3.

Lynch was called on to earn his first save of the season

in Tuesday night's opener when San Antonio loaded the bases

against Tulsa starter Roger Pavlik, 3-3, with two out in

the seventh. Lynch struck out Rodriguez, who leads the Texas

League in home runs (19) and runs batted in (84), on a 3-2


Kevin Belcher drove in the Drillers' first two runs. He

had a leadoff homer, his eighth of the season, in the first

inning and added a run-scoring single to score Paco Burgos

in the fifth inning.

Tulsa added two more in the sixth when Tony Scruggs hit

his first homer of the season - a two-out shot - following

a walk to Bill Haselman.

In the second game, the Missions rallied for the victory

off Bryant, 4-2. Eddie Pye started the game-winning rally

with a leadoff single, and advanced to second on a balk

by Bryant.

Lance Rice's sacrifice bunt moved Pye to third before Tom

Goodwin's double tied the game 2-2. Luis Martinez then followed

with a single to give the Missions a split in the doubleheader.

Tulsa had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth on Darrin

Garner's solo homer. It was only the second homer in six

professional seasons for Garner, and his first in two years

with the Drillers.

Pitcher Robbie Nen made his Drillers debut second game. He went five

innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six and walking