WICHITA — Sawyer Gipson-Long earned his first victory in a Wind Surge uniform, leading Wichita to a 9-2 rout of San Antonio in the first game of a six-game series Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium.
The Wind Surge (34-29) snapped a season-long five-game losing skid and moved into second place in the Texas League North.
Gipson-Long (1-1) went five innings and scattered two runs on six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Melvi Acosta, Steven Cruz and Osiris German shut out the Missions (34-28) on four hits and a walk in four combined innings of work.
San Antonio took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Matt Wallner led off the bottom of the inning with his 14th home run of the season off of San Antonio starter Lake Bachar.
Wichita took the lead for good in the bottom of the third on a leadoff double by Anthony Prato and singles by Wallner, Austin Martin and Edouard Julien to make it 3-1.
Bachar (0-2) left after the inning, having given up five hits while striking out two.
San Antonio reliever Kevin Kopps retired the Surge in order in the fourth, but ran into trouble in the fifth.
Cabrera led off the inning with a double and Martin was hit by a pitch with one out. Julien drove home Cabrera with a single and Cole Sturgeon followed with a three-run home run to right, his fifth homer of the season, to break it open.
Cabrera led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk and Wallner followed with a two-run homer to right, his second of the game, off of reliever Mason Fox.
Wallner finished 3 for 5 with three runs and four RBI from the leadoff spot. Julien, Anthony Prato and Cabrera finished with two hits apiece for the Surge, who outhit San Antonio 12-10.