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One strike away from winning, 51s give up 7 runs in ninth inning

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Las Vegas 51’s Matt den Dekker slides safely under Fresno’s Tony Abreu during the 51’s season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday, April 3, 2014.

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Las Vegas 51's mascot Cosmo jokes with Macy Perkes, 11, Emma Perez, 11, and Kate Perkes, 9 before the 51's season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies Thursday, April 3, 2014. Launch slideshow »

The Las Vegas 51s had a five-run lead today in the ninth inning and were one strike away from beating visiting the Fresno Grizzlies for the third straight day to open the season.

But Fresno scored seven unanswered runs, sending 12 batters to plate in its last at-bats for an 8-6 victory over the 51s at Cashman Field.

Las Vegas pitcher Josh Edgin needed one strike against Fresno’s Joe Panik to end the game, but Panik worked a walk to force home a run. Fresno’s Chris Dominguez kept the game alive with an infield single to score another run. Juan Ciriaco and Andrew Susac followed with two-run singles to cap the wild comeback.

It was the first time Fresno had a lead against Las Vegas in the series.

Las Vegas scored three runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Cesar Puello and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Zach Lutz continued his hot start at the plate with two RBIs, giving him eight RBIs in three games. Eric Campbell scored twice for Las Vegas and Puello had three hits. Matt den Dekker added a run-scoring double for Las Vegas in the eighth.

Jacob deGrom pitched six innings of four-hit ball and was scheduled to earn the win before Fresno rallied.

The series concludes at 12:05 p.m. Sunday.

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