INDIANAPOLIS -- The Mud Hens' bats went cold during a 6-1 loss to the Indianapolis Indians on Friday night at Victory Field, Toledo's fourth loss in five games.
Toledo pitcher Luke Putkonen (3-3, 4.92) didn't make it out of the fourth inning. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- in 3⅔ innings. He struck out one and walked two in his second start this season, the other being on July 25 in Columbus, when he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in only 1⅓ innings.
Indianapolis got on the board first with two runs in the third inning. Tony Sanchez hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on Eric Fryer's single. Anderson Hernandez later added an RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Indians added four runs in the fourth, which started when Dallas McPherson reached on a throwing error by Putkonen. A single and a walk loaded the bases for Sanchez, who doubled in two runs to make it 4-0.
Christian Marrero followed that with a two-run single as Indianapolis expanded the lead to 6-0 through four innings.
Rick VandenHurk (13-5, 2.92) -- named recently Indianapolis' most valuable player for 2012 -- pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win. He gave up three hits, struck out six, and walked none.
Toledo scored its lone run in the eighth when shortstop Argenis Diaz hit a leadoff single, stole second base, then scored on Justin Henry's single to right field, making it 6-1 with still nobody out.
The rally quickly ended though when Jerad Head flied out and Ben Guez grounded into a double play. Toledo went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded five.