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Published: Saturday, 6/11/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Mud Hens blasted in 1st; loses 5th straight contest

BY JOHN WAGNER
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The Mud Hens lost their fifth straight home game, allowing Rochester to score six runs in the first inning to claim an 11-5 win at Fifth Third Field Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 10,700.

The Red Wings sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored six times off Toledo starter Thad Weber, collecting four extra-base hits along the way.

A single and a triple by Mike Hollimon produced one run, and a home run by Dustin Martin, his fifth this year, to deep center resulted in two more. One out later Steve Singleton doubled, and Chase Lambin slammed a two-run homer to right, his fourth home run of the season. A walk and two singles scored another run, and it took a slick double play by the Hens to end the rally.

Rochester added three more runs off Weber in the third when Singleton led off with a single, took third on a ground-rule double by Lambin, and scored on a wild pitch. Jeff Bailey then launched a long home run to left, his fourth round-triper of the season.

The Mud Hens started to chip away at the lead with a run in the third off Rochester’s Ryan Mullins. With the bases loaded and no one out, Cale Iorg was retired on an infield fly, but Magglio Ordonez lined an RBI single to left. Mullins escaped further trouble by striking out Ryan Strieby and getting Timo Perez to ground out.

Toledo got three more runs in the fifth when Iorg singled and Ordonez launched a home run high onto the scoreboard in left, his second home run in as many days. Strieby followed with a long home run to right, his eighth homer of the year.

The Hens cut the Wings’ lead to 9-5 when Max St-Pierre singled, took third on a single by Will Rhymes, and scored on a groundout by Iorg.

Rochester added single runs in the seventh and ninth off Robbie Weinhardt to put the game out of reach. Both runners scored on two-out singles by the Red Wings’ ninth hitter, Danny Lehmann, who finished the night 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

Every Rochester hitter finished with at least one hit, with Lehmann collecting four and both Singleton and Bailey adding three each.

Contact John Wagner at: jwagner@theblade.com or 419-724-6481.



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