A one-out triple by Frank Martinez in the bottom of the ninth inning put the Gary SouthShore a fly ball away from a walk-off win against Lincoln, but Wilfredo Gimenez made it simple with an RBI single to give the RailCats a 3-2 win over the Saltdogs on Monday in the regular-season finale.
Martinez's two-out single was Gary's 22nd one-run victory this season, an American Association league record.
Lincoln starting pitching Seth Webster threw a sterling 6.1 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing one earned run while striking out six batters. Casey Crosby relieved Webster with one out in the seventh, but back-to-back walks with two outs followed by a Martinez RBI double tied the game at 2-2.
Randolph Oduber's RBI single in the first inning gave Lincoln an early 1-0 lead and Cesar Valera's sacrifice fly gave the Saltdogs a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth. Valera and Curt Smith, who collected his 1,000th career hit, both had two hits on the day.
The Saltdogs (58-41) stumbled a bit at the end of the season with a 3-7 finish, but the 58 wins are still the second most in franchise history. The Saltdogs won 65 games in 2006.
Lincoln hosts North Division winner Winnipeg (61-38) on Wednesday at Haymarket Park to open their best-of-five series. First pitch is 6:45 p.m.
The Saltdogs were 4-1 against the Wingnuts and 3-3 against the Goldeyes during the regular season.