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Toledo Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Mud Hens ran their winning streak to three after knocking off the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for the second night in a row, this time 7-3.
Toledo jumped on Lehigh Valley’s Brad Lincoln, scoring three times in the top of the first.
Ezequiel Carrera doubled to start the game and Hernan Perez followed with a base hit. Tyler Collins brought Carrera home with a single to make it 1-0.
Carrera went 4-for-5, and scored twice.
Mike Hessman followed with an RBI single of his own and James McCann grounded into a double play to give the Hens a 3-0 lead.
Toledo starter Duane Below gave up one of his two home runs in the bottom of the second. Cameron Rupp took him deep to left center to make it 3-1. Below threw 3 1/3 innings, surrendered three earned runs on eight hits, struck out three, and walked one.
The Mud Hens answered back in the top of the third when Trevor Crowe’s double to left field scored a pair as the Hens took a 5-1 lead.
Crowe was 3-for-4 and was one of five Mud Hens to record a multi-hit game.
For the second game in a row, Toledo's bullpen was forced to throw several innings, but again kept Lehigh Valley off the scoreboard. Three Hens relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowed just one hit and struck out five. Pat McCoy (2-0) was credited with the win after throwing 1 2/3 innings.