WINNIPEG, MB ­—  The Winnipeg Goldeyes (17-12) lost 7-6 to the St. Paul Saints at Shaw Park on Sunday afternoon.

The St. Paul Saints jumped out to an early lead when Brady Shoemaker hit an RBI double down the right field line to score Danny Oh. Anthony Gallas and Tony Thomas hit RBI singles back-to-back to put the Saints out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.

In the bottom of the first, after a Josh Romanski double and Reggie Abercrombie walk, Shawn Pleffner hit a two-out RBI single down the middle that drove in Romanski. David Rohm matched with an RBI single to left field that scored Abercrombie and cut the lead to 3-2.

The Saints added three runs in the top of the third, with a run scoring error off David Bergin, and an RBI single by Maxx Garrett that brought in Gallas and Tim Colwell.

“We had trouble defending the field with consistency,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “You play good teams like that you’re going to lose more games than you win against good teams like that.”

In the bottom of the fifth, Bergin came to the plate with the bases loaded. Bergin hit an RBI double off the back-centre field wall that drove in Alixon Suarez and Andrew Sohn cutting the St. Paul lead to 6-4. One batter later, Abercrombie hit an RBI double off the left field wall that brought in Romanski and Bergin to tie the game at 6-6.

In the top of the sixth, Brady Burzynski had a base hit, Nate Hanson hit a double past an outstretched Wes Darvill down the third base line, and Shoemaker was hit by a Mitchell Lambson pitch to load the bases. Thomas hit an RBI fly to left field that scored Burzynski to take the 7-6 lead.

Jason Creasy (3-2) earned the win, allowing six runs, and six hits through five innings. Creasy struck out four and walked two.

Mitchell Lambson (2-2) took the loss for the Goldeyes. Lambson allowed one run on three hits in two innings.

The Goldeyes’ bullpen held the Saints scoreless in the final three innings, allowing only one hit and two walks. Daniel Minor made his Goldeyes regular season debut, striking out three and walking two in relief.

“The guys did a good job fighting back and tying it up,” said Forney. “I thought the bullpen performed really well today, just once they got that one run lead you’re bringing Nittoli and Rosin into the mix instead of their other bullpen guys and they’re tough to score against.”

The Goldeyes take on the Lincoln Saltdogs in game one of a three game series Monday night at 6:45 p.m. Zack Dodson (2-1, 5.24) faces right-hander Seth Webster (2-1, 3.09). Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.

For information on Winnipeg Goldeyes’ season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com.

-Goldeyes-