The friendly confines of Fort Marcy Ballpark were particularly friendly for the home team Friday night.
Down six runs entering the bottom of the eighth inning against Pecos League rival Garden City, the Santa Fe Fuego rallied for a 16-14 victory that served as bounce back from getting pounded 26-7 by the Wind in Thursday’s series opener.
Brett Elmer broke a 12-12 tie with a bases-loaded double, then Naja Garcia provided some insurance with a two-run single to round out the double-digit scoring frame. Garcia finished 3-for-5 while leadoff hitter Rick Phillips was one of four Fuego to have two hits. He also drove in a team-high three runs.
Julian Devora (1-0) got the win in relief for Santa Fe. He was the fifth of six Fuego pitchers, tossing just one-third of an inning. Jacob Guilianelli worked a shaky ninth to close things out. He gave up a solo home run, a double and committed and error before getting the final out with the tying run at the plate.
Jack Herzing (0-1) started on the mound for Santa Fe and struggled once again despite not factoring in the decision. He logged five innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and eight walks. In 92/3 innings this season, he has walked 17 batters and given up 17 runs.
The Fuego (3-4) and Wind (5-3) continue their four-game set Saturday night at Fort Marcy. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.