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Huffman's 2 homers lead Mud Hens to win at Columbus

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Toledo's Chad Huffman hits the ball against Indianapolis at Fifth Third Field earlier this season. Huffman's two home runs at Columbus Thursday carried the Hens to a come-from-behind win.

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Chad Huff­man hit a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead grand slam in the seventh, to carry the Toledo Mud Hens to a 9-7 road win against the Columbus Clip­pers on Thursday at Hun­ting­ton Park. The win gave Toledo a split of its four-game road series and helped it become the first team in minor-league baseball to reach the 30-win plateau.

What happened: Huff­man’s two-run dou­ble sparked a four-run first inning for Toledo. But Co­lum­bus started chip­ping into that lead, get­ting a solo home run by Eric Stamets in the third be­fore scor­ing four times in the sixth, thanks to a solo shot by Yu Chang and a two-run home run by Nel­lie Ro­dri­guez.

But Huff­man gave Toledo the lead for good when he slammed the first pitch by Clip­pers re­liever Matt Belisle over the left-field fence for a two-out grand slam in the sev­enth. Co­lum­bus got two back in the eighth, but Huff­man capped the scor­ing with a solo home run in the ninth.

Game MVP: You’re kid­ding, right? Huff­man sin­gle-hand­edly de­mol­ished his former Co­lum­bus teammates by go­ing 3 for 5, producing three runs scored and seven RBIs. He be­came the first Toledo bat­ter to record seven RBIs in a game since Brad Eldred ac­com­plished it April 24, 2012, against — you guessed it — Co­lum­bus.

Make a note of it: The Mud Hens have a 10-2-2 mark in the 14 se­ries they have played this sea­son. … Toledo now is 13-9 on the road in 2018. The only other In­ter­na­tional League team with a win­ning road record is Roch­es­ter at 13-8. … Jim Ad­duci’s first-in­ning sin­gle ex­tended his hit streak to 11 games.

RELATED: Mud Hens outfielder Jim Adduci has had a “streaky” start to this season.

Comings and goings: Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario played in his second rehab game with the Mud Hens and had two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. Candelario has gone 2 for 8 with three runs scored and one RBI in his two games for Toledo.

A look ahead: The Mud Hens will open a four-game Me­mo­rial Day week­end home­stand Fri­day, when they host Nor­folk at Fifth Third Field at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Josh Tur­ley (4-1, 3.11 ERA) will start for the Hens against the Tides’ John Means (0-0, 8.31 ERA).

Contact John Wagner at: jwagner@theblade.com419-724-6481, or on Twitter @jwagnerblade.

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