The Toledo Mud Hens were roughed up Wednesday, as they fell to the Columbus Clippers, 12-4.
The win marks the 10th in 12 games against the Hens.
The Hens' Jeff Salazar went 3-5 with a solo homer. Andy Oliver (5-6) took the loss as he gave up nine runs (eight earned) in three innings of work.
The Clippers (54-26) jumped out early on the Hens, 3-0, in the first inning after an Oliver wild pitch that scored Ezequiel Carrera, a RBI single and a RBI groundout.
Columbus tacked on two more runs in the home half of the third when Luis Valbuena took Oliver deep on a two-run home run. Valbuena is hitting .355 with 7 home runs and 24 RBIs this month.
Scott Thorman got the Mud Hens (32-49) on the board in the fourth with a solo dinger -- his 12th of the season -- that put Toledo within four at 5-1.
In the fourth, the Clippers added four more with three straight infield singles.
Oliver was pulled after he allowed eight earned runs. The Hens allowed another run on a sacrifice fly to fall behind, 9-1.
Outfielder Tim Fedroff contributed with his first home run as a Clipper -- a two run shot in the fifth off lefty Fu-Te Ni.
Fedroff finished with three RBI on the day and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Columbus extended its lead to 12-1 on a RBI double in the sixth.
Toledo answered with two runs in the seventh as Ben Guez doubled in Jeff Salazar, and a Ryan Strieby sacrifice fly scored Guez to make the score 12-3. It was Guez's 10th double on the year.
Salazar homered in the ninth but Toledo couldn't produce any more offense. The Clippers' Jason Kipnis went 3-4 with three runs scored and 2 RBI. David Huff (8-2) went six innings, allowing one run off four hits and striking out seven.
The series returns to Toledo at 7 Thursday night in Fifth Third Field, with the Hens sending outBrayan Villarreal (0-5, 4.41) against Scott Barnes (6-2, 3.63).
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.