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Mud Hens Escape Five-Run Hole, Earn Split With Indians

TOLEDO, OHWyatt Mathisen picked up four RBIs, but the Indianapolis Indians (62-51) let a sizable lead slip away on Sunday.

Indy led 5-0 after 3.5 innings, but the Toledo Mud Hens (58-54) mounted a big comeback to grab a 7-6 victory. The Hens’ heroics ends this series in a split and pulls Toledo back within 3.5 games of the Tribe for first place in the division.

Mathisen played a crucial role in building Indianapolis’ five-run edge. He drove in one of Indy’s two runs in the second inning before playing long ball in the fourth. His seventh HR of 2018 was a three-run shot, pushing the visitors ahead 5-0.

But Toledo rallied, heading out on the comeback trail in the fourth. The Mud Hens got two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, drawing within one run before breaking through for good in the sixth.

Christin Stewart unloaded the bases in that fateful sixth frame, plating three runs on a double to shoot the Hens ahead by a score of 7-6.

Clay Holmes started on the bump for the Indians, but only pitched four innings. Two runs crossed against him. Montana DuRapau took over for Holmes and struggled, taking the loss after having five runs charged to him over just 1.2 innings.

The Tribe head home now, beginning a six-game homestand on Tuesday night. First comes a day off on Monday, however.

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