DURHAM, N.C. — Tyler Collins and Ben Guez each homered for the Mud Hens as Toledo snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over Durham on Friday.
Hens starter Robbie Ray (6-4) earned the win for Toledo, striking out eight while giving up four hits, two walks, and two runs in six innings.
Durham struck first, as Jeremy Moore led off the second inning with a double to left field and eventually scored after Wilson Betemit grounded into a double play.
The Hens struck back in the fourth after Collins smashed a two-run home run to right field, scoring James McCann and putting Toledo up 2-1. It was Collins’ 16th homer this season.
Durham’s Jeremy Moore hit a solo home run in the sixth to tie the game.
Toledo took the lead for good in the seventh inning. Collins led off the inning with a walk, promptly stole second base, and scored on Guez’s RBI single to center field. That run knocked Durham starter Mike Montgomery (9-3) out of the game after giving up six hits, four runs, and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.
Adam Liberatore replaced Montgomery and quickly allowed Guez to score after Daniel Fields advanced him to third on a grounder and Brandon Douglas hit him home on a fielder’s choice.
Durham’s Vince Belnome cut Toledo’s lead to one, 4-3, on a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, but Guez re-established a two-run cushion with his solo homer in the ninth.
Kevin Whelan struck out two while giving up two hits in a scoreless ninth for his 18th save for Toledo.