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Published: Friday, 5/28/2010

Longtime Hen Hessman sinks Toledo with 2 HRs

BUFFALO - Mike Hessman beat his former team Thursday, hitting his second home run of the night to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning as Buffalo topped the visiting Mud Hens 8-7.

Always a threat to homer while with the Hens, Hessman hit his 16th of the year to center field to end the game.

Josh Rainwater, whose only batter was Hessman, fell to 1-2.

After watching their two-run lead evaporate when Buffalo (28-19) scored three runs in the fifth, the Hens re-took control by putting up four runs in the seventh. The big blow came on Jeff Frazier's three-run homer.

The Hens did not score again, while Buffalo added one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to send the game to extra innings.

Hens reliever Daniel Schlereth allowed consecutive doubles - to Hessman and Mike Jacobs - in the eighth before being pulled for Casey Fien. Both Hessman and Jacobs scored in the inning to tie the game at 7.

Ryan Strieby, Max St-Pierre, and Ben Guez each recorded two hits for the Hens (26-21), and St-Pierre had two RBIs.

Hens starter Ruddy Lugo lasted five innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits.

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