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Published: Tuesday, 5/2/2006

Mud Hens find the weather to their liking


INDIANAPOLIS - Fresh off a weather cancellation in Louisville on Sunday, the Toledo Mud Hens started a two-game series in Indianapolis with a 62-minute rain delay before beginning play last night.

But the Hens took to the moisture like ducks to water in sinking the Indians 6-1 before an announced crowd of 3,217.

Tony Fiore was credited with the win, but manager Larry Parrish used five pitchers in holding the Indians to a single run.

Toledo's offense was also a team effort as six starters collected base hits. Jack Hannahan was one of the three shut out but walked four times.

"He's been walking a lot," Parrish said. "We'd rather he hit it out of the ballpark, but other than that a walk's all right." Roman Colon made his first start for Toledo after being activated from the disabled list yesterday. The right-hander showed no ill effects from his biceps injury, topping 95 mph with his fastball and allowing only one hit over three innings.

"I felt pretty good today," Colon said. "My arm is coming along. I just wanted to get out there and pitch."

Toledo came to life in the fifth inning against Indianapolis starter Britt Reames. Brian Peterson and Kevin Hooper opened with successive singles and Peterson scored on a one-out sacrifice fly to deep center field. After an intentional walk to Hannahan, Hooper scored on Josh Phelps' single. Don Kelly plated two more runs with a double to give the Hens a 4-0 lead.

If not for some exceptional defense, the Hens' margin could have been even greater. Ryan Ludwick's sacrifice fly was snagged on a diving catch on the warning track. In the eighth, Tike Redman hit a fly ball that was caught as the fielder crashed into the wall in center.

"They made a couple of great plays in the outfield'" Parrish said. "You won't see any better than that."

Mike Hessman doubled in two more runs in the seventh.

The Indians scored against reliever Hector Mercado in the eighth on back-to-back, two-out singles. Chris Spurling got out of a bases-loaded jam then pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

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