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TJs split with Ems; remain in first place

The Southern Oregon Timberjacks finally lost to the Eugene Emeralds Wednesday night at Miles Field.

But thanks largely to those nine straight wins and 10 out of 11 so far over the Ems, the Timberjacks control their own destiny in the final four games of the Northwest League season.

The Emeralds dealt the Timberjacks a 7-5 setback in the opener of a doubleheader before Southern Oregon came back to win the nightcap, 4-1.

The split gives the Timberjacks a three-game lead over Portland and Salem-Keizer in the Southern Division with four games to play. Southern Oregon's final regular-season home game is at 7:05 tonight against Eugene. The T'jacks finish the season with three games at Portland.

Carlos Rosario drove in all four of the Timberjacks' runs in the second game. He drove in Matt Forbes, who had tripled, with a ground ball in the first inning.

Then in the fifth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, Rosario tripled to center field. He was thrown out the plate trying for an inside the park home run.

In the opener, the Emeralds scored six runs on four hits, three errors and a wild pitch in the second inning en route to halting their eight-game losing streak against Southern Oregon.

The loss overshadowed solo home runs by Kirk Asche -- the NWL's co-leader with 17 -- Matt Howe and Miguel Declet.