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Akron RubberDucks edge Altoona, run winning streak to eight games

RECORD-COURIER STAFF REPORT Published: May 5, 2014 4:00 AM


Akron RubberDucks first baseman Ronny Rodriguez smacked a two-out, opposite-field double in the eighth inning Sunday, driving in the eventual winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Altoona Curve at People's Natural Gas Field.

The win completed a four-game series sweep for the RubberDucks (18-11) and extended the team's winning streak to eight games. Akron is now 7-2 on the season against Altoona, with eight more games coming up against the Curve this month.

Rodriguez's double off Joan Montero (0-1) drove home Tony Wolters, who had singled earlier in the inning. It broke a 4-4 tie, and set the stage for Akron's 11th one-run victory of the season.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong worked the ninth inning, retiring the Curve (11-17) in order for his fourth save.

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It made a winner of Enosil Tejeda, who tossed 123 innings of scoreless relief. Akron starter Joe Colon didn't figure in the decision but threw well, going five innings and allowing just one run.

The RubberDucks held a 4-1 lead until the seventh inning, when Altoona's Drew Maggi belted a three-run homer off Francisco Valera to tie the game.

Akron got off to a fast start against right-hander Nick Kingham. Jordan Smith smacked an RBI single in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Joe Wendle delivered a two-run single and Wolters added a sacrifice fly as Akron built a 4-0 lead.

The RubberDucks will open a three-game series at Erie on tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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