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Indians Sweep Hens, Creep Closer to First Place in Division

TOLEDO, OH – The rise to the top of the International League West continued on Wednesday for the Indianapolis Indians (43-33).

Starting pitcher Alex McRae matched a season-high with seven innings pitched, shutting out the Toledo Mud Hens (44-33) in Indy’s 7-0 win. The victory completes a three-game sweep for the Tribe, who are now only a half game behind the Hens for first place in the division. This is the closest the Indians have been to first since April 8, when they were tied at the top only three days into the season.

McRae, who gave up four runs in each of his last three starts, was brilliant on this night.

The right-hander limited the Mud Hens to three hits and a walk, shutting out the home team over his seven innings of work. McRae struck out eight Toledo batters, tying his season high.

Behind McRae, Jesus Liranzo wrapped up the shutout and the sweep by firing two clean innings.

Offensively, Wyatt Mathisen got things going. With the Tribe already leading 1-0 after a Max Moroff sacrifice fly in the second, Mathisen was ready for liftoff in the fourth. Ryan Lavarnway led off with a double and Mathisen came up later with one out, launching a two-run shot to left to make it 3-0. It was his third homer of the year.

Indianapolis added some insurance in innings five and nine. Jordan Luplow notched a two-out RBI single to make it 4-0 in the fifth. Kevin Newman‘s sacrifice fly plated the Tribe’s fifth run, with a two-run triple from Adam Frazier pushed the visitors lead all the way to 7-0.

Sitting pretty at 3-0 on the nine-game road trip thus far, the Indians look to keep rolling at their next stop: Columbus. J.T. Brubaker (4-2, 4.11 ERA) serves as Indy’s probable starter for the 7:05 p.m. opener versus the Clippers.

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