JOPLIN — Playing their next-to-last home game of the regular season at Joe Becker Stadium, the Joplin Blasters gave their fans a special treat during a 2-1 victory because everybody loves a walk-off hit. Well, maybe not everybody.

JOPLIN — Playing their next-to-last home game of the regular season at Joe Becker Stadium, the Joplin Blasters gave their fans a special treat during a 2-1 victory because everybody loves a walk-off hit. Well, maybe not everybody.

Maikol Gonzalez led off the bottom of the ninth with a single against Grand Prairie AirHogs reliever Colin Allen. The Blasters put the fleet-of-foot leadoff man Gonzalez in motion and he stole second.

A couple pitches later, Oscar Mesa singled to score Gonzalez for the win and the Saturday night late-season celebration.

Laredo (51-41) rolled over Amarillo 8-3 on Saturday and the Lemurs retain their one-game lead on the Blasters (50-42) in the American Association wildcard race.

Joplin took an early 2-0 lead behind an Aaron Brill RBI single in the second and a Jairo Perez solo home run in the third.

Grand Prairie tied it up with a pair of runs in the fifth, starting with Michael Pair’s solo homer and ending with Ronnie Richardson’s RBI double.

The Blasters recorded a season-high 18 strikeouts against Grand Prairie on Friday.

Joplin and Grand Prairie close out their four-game series at 5:05 p.m. today. This will be the Blasters’ final home game of the regular season and possibly all season.

• Thursday night’s matchup between the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants) and the West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates) featured two of the best pitchers this season in the South Atlantic League.

Left-hander Mark Reyes (7-6, 2.27 ERA), a former Crowder College standout, earned the start for the GreenJackets and right-hander Yeudy Garcia (12-5, 2.13 ERA) took the bump for the Power at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta on "College Football Night." (Cal Ripken Jr. owns the GreenJackets.)

Garcia and Reyes, both 22 years of age, rank among the league leaders in several pitching categories. Garcia’s 2.13 ERA led the league and Reyes’ 2.27 ranked him third entering Thursday.

The game lived up to its advanced billing, as Reyes and the GreenJackets earned a 2-1 victory.

Reyes outlasted Garcia by 1 1/3 innings, allowing no earned runs on two hits over seven strong while walking three and striking out three. Reyes’ ERA dropped to 2.15.

Garcia, meanwhile, allowed one run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked one during a no-decision. Garcia’s ERA fell to 2.11.

The victory ended the GreenJackets’ eight-game losing streak.

Entering Friday’s games, Garcia’s ERA led the South Atlantic and Reyes’ outstanding Thursday night moved him into second past Charleston’s Joey Maher.

• Former Crowder and Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks took the hill Friday night for the Single-A Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) in South Atlantic action against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Miami Marlins).

Beeks entered the evening with a 9-5 record and a 4.04 ERA.

The left-hander took a no-decision, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings, as the Drive scored three runs in the seventh to earn a 6-4 victory.

Beeks surrendered a three-run homer in the first to first baseman Arturo Rodriguez.