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Published: Tuesday, 4/19/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Oliver continues impressive start

Pitcher involved in 3 of team's 4 wins

COLUMBUS — The Mud Hens used their good-luck charm — starting pitcher Andy Oliver — to claim a 13-5 win at Columbus on Monday.


Toledo improved to 4-8 this season, and three of the four wins have come on the days the 23-year-old lefthander has started.


Oliver wasn't perfect Monday. He allowed six hits and three walks that resulted in four runs in six innings, although he struck out eight.


But that was more than enough for the Hens' offense, which produced 16 hits, including four home runs.


Toledo has scored 28 runs in Oliver's three starts. In the Mud Hens' eight losses, the team has managed to score just 15 times.


Andy Dirks had a pair of home runs, launching a solo shot to lead off the seventh inning and a two-run homer in the eighth, and finished with a team-high three hits.


Clete Thomas had a home run, a three-run round-tripper in the seventh inning, to go with a two-run single in the first and finished with six RBIs.


Ryan Strieby a collected a home run when he slammed his second of the season, a two-run shot, in the fifth inning.


Every Toledo starter except Clay Timpner had at least one hit, and everyone else except Argenis Diaz had at least two. Cale Iorg was the only Hens starter who did not score.


The result was the most runs for the Hens since they claimed a 16-2 win over the Clippers at Huntington Park on Aug. 22, 2009.


The Mud Hens begin a seven-day homestand when Toledo hosts Indianapolis at 6:30 Tuesday night.



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