Saints manage just one hit in 6-1 loss to Mud Hens

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Bailey Ober’s first rehab start with the St. Paul Saints went well, but he didn’t get much help from the Saints’ offense in a 6-1 Triple-A baseball loss to the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday at Fifth Third Field.

Ober, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound pitcher who is 1-2 with a 4.01 earned-run average in seven starts and 92.1 innings for the Twins this season, was making his third rehab start overall since injuring his groin in late July. He was sharp against the Mud Hens, allowing just one hit — a fifth-inning home run to Brendon Davis— over 4.2 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Toledo (74-60) erased a 1-0 deficit with Davis’ home run in the fifth, then added two more runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. Davis homered a second time with his seventh-inning blast of Randy Dobnak, another Twins pitcher trying to get healthy with the Saints.

Dobnak took the pitching loss. He went 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

The Saints (65-69) managed just one hit all game. And that came from John Andreoli’s home run in the second inning that staked St. Paul an early lead.

Four Toledo pitchers kept the St. Paul bats in check. They struck out seven and walked one.

The Saints are off Monday, then return to action at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday with a six-game series at CHS Field against the Louisville Bats, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

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