Akron RubberDucks edge Altoona, run winning streak to eight games

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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.

It made a winner of Enosil Tejeda, who tossed 12⁄3 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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