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X's lose 2014 opener in Sioux Falls

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Luke Murton hit a home run in the X's 5-4 loss in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Luke Murton hit a home run in the X's 5-4 loss in Sioux Falls on Thursday.
SIOUX FALLS, SD (KTIV) - The Sioux City Explorers opened the 2014 regular season with a 5-4 loss to their I-29 rivals, the Sioux Falls Canaries.  2,485 fans braved the cold and windy conditions.

Brandon Jones hit a two-run blast to right-center in the bottom of the first, putting the Canaries on top 2-0.

Sioux City put together four straight singles in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Nate Samson and Michael Lang each had RBI singles for the X's.

Sioux City took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a solo home run by Luke Murton. Steve Tinoco hit a three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning that put the Canaries back on top 5-3.  It was a lead they would not surrender, though the X's plated a run in the ninth.

The Explorers started the ninth inning with a pair of singles and sent the go-ahead run to the plate with nobody out.  While they scored one run on the ensuing sacrifice fly, left-fielder Brandon Jones threw a rifle to second base to turn a double-play on the tagging Murton.

Ben Moore turned in a strong performance on the mound, going six strong innings and allowing three runs while striking out nine. The righty did not walk a batter and used his precise command to work both sides of the plate.

The series continues tomorrow night at the Birdcage at 7:05 PM.
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