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The Indianapolis Indians win 2 in a row in comeback fashion

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second time in as many games, Max Morrof homered in the seventh inning, and the Indianapolis Indians posted their second comeback win of the season with a 5-4 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday night.

Friday nights victory was in much warmer weather and was a little more exciting, Moroff who totaled a career-high eight home runs for the Tribe in 2016, put the finishing touches on a two-out rally against Mud Hens reliever Edward Mujica.

After Mujica (0-1) retired Danny Ortiz on strikes and Jason Rogers on a groundout, Christopher Bostick tripled and Erich Weiss walked, setting the stage for Moroff’s heroics.

Toledo (0-2) staked themselves to a 1-0 lead in the second against Drew Hutchison. Efren Navarro singled and moved to third on a base hit by Michael Almanzar. John Hicks then scored Navarro on a sacrifice fly to center.

The visitors’ lead didn’t last long, however, as Jose Osuna, Elias Diaz and Rogers each doubled off Buck Farmer in the bottom half to take a 2-1 advantage.

Hicks kept his perfect 1.000 batting average intact with another 3-for-3 performance at the plate. The Toledo catcher singled in the third to tie the game at two, and two frames later, his base hit to right scored Matt Murton, giving the Mud Hens another one-run cushion. Brendan Ryan then worked a walk against Pat Light, pushing Toledo’s lead to two.

Much like Thursday night’s five-run rally in the seventh, the Tribe’s resiliency in the later innings proved too much for Toledo.

Light (1-0) picked up the win with 1.2 innings of shutout baseball, despite allowing both inherited runners from Hutchison to score in the sixth. Hutchison took a no-decision after yielding four earned runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. Dovydas Neverauskas earned his first save of 2017 with two scoreless innings.

The Indians and Mud Hens continue their four-game set with game three Saturday night at Victory Field. Right-hander Tyler Eppler will make his Triple-A debut for Indy, opposite Toledo left-hander Chad Bell. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.