SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Mud Hens evened up their series with the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night with a 2-1 victory.
Toledo starter Kyle Lobstein (1-3) picked up his first win of the season after throwing 5⅓ scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, fanned seven, and walked two.
Lobstein’s best outing of the year lowered his ERA from 7.84 to 6.23.
The Hens finally got to Chiefs starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko in the top of the fifth when Mike Hessman hit a one-out home run to center field. Hessman’s fifth homer of the year gave Toledo a 1-0 lead.
Tatusko (1-4) took the loss for Syracuse despite giving up just one earned run in six innings. He struck out six and walked a pair.
Right fielder Ezequiel Carrera made it 2-0 in the seventh with a base hit to left scoring Jordan Lennerton. Lennerton and Brandon Douglas began the inning with back-to-back singles off of Syracuse reliever Josh Roenicke.
Lennerton was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored.
The Chiefs finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when Jhonatan Solano tripled to center, scoring Daniel Fields to make it 2-1.
Kevin Whelan pitched the ninth for Toledo and escaped a jam to pick up his third save of the year. Syracuse put runners at second and third with two outs, but Whelan got former Mud Hen Will Rhymes to line out to Carrera to end the threat and the game.
Toledo will play Syracuse again today at 2 p.m.