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Tuesday, Jul 17 2012 11:09 PM

Blaze can't hold early lead

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

ADELANTO -- Bakersfield couldn't hold on to an early 2-0 lead and the High Desert Mavericks rallied for a 4-2 victory Tuesday night at Mavericks Stadium.

After Dominic D'Anna drew a two-out walk in the first inning, Travis Mattair hit his 15th home run of the season for the Blaze. It was Mattair's fourth homer in his last seven games.

Brad Miller tied the game in the fourth with a solo homer, and Mario Martinez gave High Desert a 3-2 lead in the fifth with a solo blast of his own.

High Desert starter Taylor Stanton settled in after the homer, allowing two runs and two hits over six innings. Andrew Kittredge and Carson Smith combined to throw three scoreless innings of relief for the Mavericks, with Smith getting his sixth save.

Hamilton steals 110th

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Billy Hamilton, who stole 104 bases with the Blaze earlier this season, ran his season steals total to 110 in the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos' 5-4 loss to the Jacksonville Suns.

Hamilton singled in the fifth inning and stole second before scoring on a Ryan LaMarre single.

Donald Lutz, playing in his first game since being called up from Bakersfield, homered in his first at-bat for the Blue Wahoos, a two-run blast in the second.

Hamilton's 110 steals lead all of pro baseball. The minor league record is 145, set by Vince Coleman.

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