Updated: July 30, 2013 8:38AM
GARY — A rain delay was the only thing to slow down the RailCats.
And even that was just for 40 minutes.
The RailCats extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 victory against Kansas City in front of 2,342 fans Thursday at U.S. Steel Yard.
The RailCats have swung a hot bat throughout much of the streak. And Thursday was no different.
Ryan Babineau had three hits and two RBI. The RailCats had 10 hits.
During the winning streak, the RailCats have scored 10 runs three times. The team has scored at least five runs in five of the games. The other three games, they scored four runs.
Overall, the team has won 10 of its last 11 games. In the two wins that preceded the lone loss during the stretch, the RailCats scored seven runs.
They wasted little time on Thursday, scoring twice in the first inning.
Adam Klein led off the inning with a single. Mike Massaro followed with another single. Babineau knocked in Klein with a one-out single to right field.
Brian Kolb made it 2-0 with a double to left field. Massaro scored on the hit.
The RailCats (24-15) added another run in the second inning. Zac Mitchell singled and then stole second base. He scored on a single to right field by Danny Pulfer.
Babineau added an RBI single in the sixth inning.
It wasn’t all hitting, though.
Starting pitcher Alain Quijano was sharp. The left-hander allowed one earned run on three hits in 61/3 innings.
He received solid — and at times spectacular defense. Pulfer, the second baseman, made a diving stop and fired to first in time to throw out Brandon Jones to end the first inning.
The T-Bones (15-25) scored three runs in the seventh, but the RailCats held on to continue their winning ways.
The winning streak is the team’s longest since it won nine games from July 15-24, 2011.
Mark Hardy will be on the mound for the RailCats when they begin a home series against Winnipeg at 7:10 p.m. today.