COLUMBUS — The Mud Hens saw an early 3-0 lead wiped away in a 10-4 loss to Columbus in the Clippers’ home opener at Huntington Park on Saturday.
Columbus scored at least two runs in four different innings to beat Toledo for the third time in four games.
The Hens scored a pair of runs in the first inning as Andy Dirks and Scott Sizemore both drew walks from Columbus starter Zach McAllister, and both moved up a base on a sacrifice by Timo Perez.
Dirks scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Thorman, and Ryan Strieby’s two-out single brought Sizemore home.
The Hens’ Danny Worth led off the second with a double down the left-field line, then took third on Cale Iorg’s sacrifice before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Omir Santos.
Meanwhile Toledo starter Duane Below held the Clippers off the board until the fourth, when Columbus scored three times to tie the contest.
With one out Jason Kipnis and Jerad Head singled, and with two outs Paul Phillips doubled down the left-field line to score Kipnis and send Head to third.
Ezequiel Carrera followed with a single to left, and Phillips just beat the throw home to make the score 3-3.
The game stayed tied until the sixth, when the Clippers used a two-out, none-on rally to score twice off reliever Ramon Garcia and take the lead for good.
he two teams will play again at 1:05 p.m. Sunday in Columbus.