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Published: Wednesday, 5/4/2011

Mud Hens back on track, finish 7-1 on road series

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Mud Hens finished with a 7-1 record on their just-completed road trip thanks to a 7-2 victory over Pawtucket Tuesday afternoon.

Toledo broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the fifth and added two insurance runs in the eighth to claim its eighth win in the last nine games.

Pawtucket scored a run in the first off Hens starter Duane Below when Josh Reddick singled with two outs and Hector Luna doubled Reddick home.

The Mud Hens bounced back with two runs in the second as Ryan Strieby walked and Cale Iorg hit his first home run of the season.

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The Red Sox tied the game in the fourth when Luna homered -- his fourth of the season, and his third in the last two days against Toledo. That was all Pawtucket managed against Below (3-1), who struck out five and walked three while allowing seven hits in six innings. Fu-Te Ni followed Below with two scoreless innings and Matt Hoffman struck out two in a uneventful ninth to close out the win.

Meanwhile the Hens took advantage of a walk and an error to score their three runs in the fifth. Argenis Diaz started the rally by drawing a walk from Red Sox reliever Jason Rice (0-2), then moved to second on a single by Timo Perez.

Victor Martinez singled to score Diaz and send Perez to third, and Perez came home when Pawtucket's Drew Sutton made an error on a grounder by Strieby. Martinez, who advanced to third on the Strieby grounder, scored on a groundout by Cesar Nicholas.

Toledo's eighth-inning runs came on a wild pitch that scored Clete Thomas and an RBI single by Perez that brought home Max St-Pierre.

Perez led the Mud Hens' 11-hit attack with four singles, while Martinez, who completed his two-day rehab assignment with the Mud Hens, and St-Pierre each had two hits.

The Mud Hens will have the day off Wednesday before beginning an eight-game homestand with a four-game series against Charlotte. Thursday's contest at Fifth Third Field will feature a start by Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, the 2007 National League Cy Young award winner who is rehabbing a shoulder injury.



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