Mud Hens slug 3 home runs in 11-5 win at Indianapolis

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Jul. 22—INDIANAPOLIS — One day removed from scoring 11 runs against the Indianapolis Indians, the Toledo Mud Hens continued to rake against Indianapolis' pitching.

The Mud Hens (37-29) posted a run in each of the first five innings of Wednesday's 11-5 win over the Indians (33-33) at Victory Field. A six-run fifth inning closed the deal for Toledo.

The Mud Hens offense was powered by Christin Stewart, Kody Clemens, and Yariel Gonzalez. Toledo's trio combined for eight of the Mud Hens' 12 hits. Stewart was 4-for-5 with a double, a run batted in, and a run scored.

Clemens, Renato Nunez, and Jacob Robson homered for the Mud Hens. In the fifth inning, Nunez and Clemens swatted back-to-back blasts, and combined to drive in five of the 11 runs.

Stewart led off the fifth inning with a single and was driven in by a Gonzalez double. With two outs, Indianapolis' Steven Wright (4-4) was replaced with Matt Eckelman. The right-handed pitcher proceeded to throw a wild pitch that scored Gonzalez, then gave up the back-to-back home runs before closing out the inning.

Angel De Jesus (3-0) made the start for Toledo and pitched 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball. He struck out two without allowing a walk before reliever Locke St. John came in as a replacement. St. John (3-0) continued his scoreless streak in his three innings of relief and was credited with the win. The left-handed reliever has yet to yield a run since June 12.

Shelby Miller (1-1) took the loss for Indianapolis.

Indianapolis attempted a late-game rally. In the seventh, Hunter Owen hit a solo home run, and Dee Strange-Gordon drove in two runs on a throwing error by Gonzalez. The Indians scored two more in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Bligh Madris and a wild pitch by Mud Hens reliever Nolan Blackwood.

Up next: Toledo will continue its six-game series against Indianapolis Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Victory Field.

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