PEORIA — Beloit had a one-run lead at the end of the first inning Wednesday night at Dozer Park and then took advantage of an error to score what proved the deciding factor in the fifth inning of a 4-3 Midwest League victory over the Chiefs.
Peoria tied it at 3 in the third inning when Scott Hurst's single drove in Elehuris Montero, who had walked and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a fly out. The hit gave Hurst a six-game hitting streak.
Johan Oviedo (2-6) threw 95 pitches in five innings for Peoria, which dropped into a second-place tie with Quad Cities a game behind Clinton. Peoria is also tied with Quad Cities for the wild-card spot at 36-30 with four games left in the first half.
* In the top of the fifth, Beloit's Trace Loehr struck out swinging but reached when Oviedo's pitch was wild. He advanced to third on Logan Farrar's base hit and scored when Montero's error allowed Jack Meggs to reach safely.
The victory pushed Beloit ahead by a game (222-221) in the teams' all-time series. The Chiefs are 13-9 this season in one-run games. Montero's two hits make him the team leader with 21 multi-hit games.
Beloit Snappers at Peoria Chiefs, 7 p.m., Dozer Park
Parent clubs: Beloit: Athletics; Peoria: Cardinals
Probables: Beloit, RHP Wyatt Marks (3-5, 4.66) vs. Peoria, Alex Fagalde (1-2, 2.76).
On tap: Game of Thrones Night with post-game fireworks; Baumgarten Distributing Beer & Brat Thirsty Thursday with $2 domestic cans and sodas, $3 craft drafts and margaritas and $3 brats.
Tickets: Box seats $13, field seats $11, lawn seats $8. Students with a valid college ID can purchase $5 lawn seats.
Listen/watch: online at www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive or www.tunein.com. See the game via MiLB.tv.