Sparkplug Robinson rallies RailRiders over Toledo

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Just call Shane Robinson the igniter.

For the second time in the game, Robinson singled to trigger a scoring spree and fuel a four-run rally in the eighth inning Tuesday that carried the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to an 8-4 victory over Toledo. It was their fourth straight win.

With the game tied at 4-4, Robinson reached base on a hit to open the eighth inning, stole second and moved to third on Mark Payton’s single. He raced home Toledo reliever Phillippe Aumont uncorked a wild pitch.

Francisco Diaz singled home Payton, Abiatal Avelino added a run-scoring single and Billy McKinney completed the four-run eighth with an RBI double.

That made a winner of Joe Harvey, who pitched two innings of perfect relief and struck out three batters as part of a three-man bullpen effort that helped hold Toledo scoreless through the final five innings.

Robinson ripped a one-out single in the second inning, starting a string of five straight hits for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that gave the RailRiders an early 3-0 lead.

Robinson rode home on a single by Francisco Diaz, and L.J. Mazzilli followed with a two-run double to give the RailRiders a 3-0 lead.

That grew to 4-0 when Diaz scored a a double play in the third inning, but RailRiders starter Chance Adams couldn’t hold it.

Dixon Machado doubled home Toledo’s first run in the bottom of the second inning, then the Mud Hens tied the game with three in the fourth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a bases-loaded walk and Harold Castro stroked a two-run, bases-loaded double.

That set up the late-inning offensive explosion that carried the RailRiders to victory.

Robinson finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the win, while Avelino, Diaz and McKinney both had two hits and an RBI.

Stephen Tarpley relieved Adams and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, then Harvey and Cody Carroll combined to hold Toledo without a baserunner over the final three innings.

Carroll finished up by working a clean ninth, with two strikeouts, to lock down the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre win.

Lefthander Josh Rodgers takes the mound for the RailRiders looking to even his 6-7 record as the RailRiders go for the three-game sweep of Toledo at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

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