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Mud Hens keep playoff hopes alive with win

08/22/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of three-run innings early in the contest lifted the Toledo Mud Hens to a 6-1 victory over host Indianapolis on Thursday.

The win was the Hens’ (66-67) third in a row, pulling Toledo into a tie for second place in the International League’s West Division with the Indians.

Both teams trail division-leader Columbus by six games with 11 games remaining. Both clubs are eight games back of Pawtuckett for the wild-card spot.

The Hens opened the scoring in the top of the second as Wade Gaynor hit a three-run home run to right, scoring Mike Hessman and Manny Pina.

It was Gaynor’s seventh homer of the season.

Jordan Lennerton added to the lead in the top of the third with a two-run double, scoring Tyler Collins and Hernan Perez. Lennerton later scored during a double play to get out James McCann at second base and Hessman at first.

Derek Hankins picked up his seventh win of the season for the Mud Hens, allowing six hits over seven innings, striking out two while walking one batter.

The Indians (66-67) scored one run in the bottom of the ninth as Jose Tabata raced home on a double hit by Brent Morel.

A.J. Morris took the loss for Indianapolis, giving up six earned runs on eight hits over five innings, walking one while striking out five batters.

Perez was 2 for 3 while Pina went 2 for 4 in the win. Along with Hessman, Tyler Collins also hit a double.

The Indians’ Jaff Decker and Morel each were 2 for 4 in defeat.

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