CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For many, the number 13 is considered to be unlucky.
For the West Virginia Power, though, that wasn't the case Sunday afternoon.
The Power earned its 13th straight home win, and did so in walk-off fashion, defeating Lakewood 4-3 at Appalachian Power Park in front of a crowd of 1,468.
With the victory, the first-place Power improved to 28-14 in the second half and 65-47 overall, and increased its lead to 2 1/2 games over Hagerstown, a 4-3 loser at home to Kannapolis.
"We will try and make it 14 when we come back," Power Manager Michael Ryan said. "It feels good. We are playing well and good things are happening. We put ourselves in a position to get another win and came through with it."
The Power earned the victory on its final batter for the third time in its last five wins, this time on an error that looked like it would be a tailor-made double play that'd send the game to extra innings.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Josh Bell hit a grounder to Lakewood second baseman Alejandro Villalobos, who went to turn the double play, but shortstop Angelo Mora bobbled the ball, turning an inning ender into another game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.
Both Bell and Ryan thought the game was going to extra innings.
"I thought double play," Ryan said. "It wasn't that that difficult of a play. I think they tried to be too quick with it maybe. They may have rushed that play, but it worked out for us."
"Yeah," said Bell, asked if he thought Lakewood would turn the double play. "Honestly I hit the ball pretty well but it was right at (Villalobos). When I saw him field it, I was like 'No. I knew I hit it too hard to break up the double play'. He botched the ball. I was definitely happy at that."
Even though the latest dramatic Power victory came at the expense of a BlueClaw error, Bell wasn't about to give it back.
"Any walk off is a great walk off," Bell said. "It probably doesn't feel as well as a walk-off double or anything like that, but I will take what I can get. Whatever gets us off the field with a 'W'."