Monday: Fargo-Moorhead 7, Lincoln 1 (Game 1), Lincoln 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1 (Game 2)
What went right: The second game. The Lincoln Saltdogs broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run outburst in the sixth inning in Fargo.
Cesar Valera, Randolph Oduber and Curtis Smith opened the frame with back-to-back-to-back singles and Valera scored on an error on the left-fielder on Smith's single.
Brandon Jacobs later followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1 Saltdogs.
Fargo-Moorhead made a pitching change, but Nathaniel Maggio greeted Benji Waite with a three-run home run to put the game out of reach.
Maggio also drove in a run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly.
What went wrong: The first game. Fargo-Moorhead's Tyler Alexander shut down the Lincoln bats, striking out 10 and and scattering four hits. He walked zero.
Smith, Christian Ibarra, Jacobs and Brent Dean each had hits, with Smith recording Lincoln's lone extra-base hit with his 19th double of the season.
Keury De La Cruz and K.D. Kang each homered for the Redhawks, who scored four runs in the fourth inning.
Magic number: 3. Any combination of three Lincoln wins or three losses by Gary SouthShore and or Kansas City clinches the Central Division for the Saltdogs. Lincoln holds a 4½ game lead over both for the division lead.
Dog bytes: Lincoln outhit Fargo-Moorhead 11-2 in Game 2.
Next: The Saltdogs continue their series against the RedHawks Tuesday at 7:02 p.m. in Fargo.