RailRiders outslugged by Toledo, 12-8, in series opener

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A seven-run outburst in the second inning wasn’t going to be enough. Not on Friday night.

Toledo arrived in Moosic for the weekend ready to swing the lumber. The Mud Hens racked up 15 hits in a 12-8 win over the RailRiders at PNC Field, overcoming an early onslaught from the home side.

Seventeen of the game’s 20 runs were scored in the first four innings as the RailRiders trailed 3-0, then had leads of 7-3, 7-5 and 8-5 before Toledo took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth.

Logan Morrison, Kyle Higashioka and Mandy Alvarez (RBI) all had two hits apiece in the loss while Ryan McBroom had two RBI. Starter Drew Hutchison took the loss, surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3.2 innings of work with no strikeouts.

Hutchison got taken deep by Mikie Mahtook for a two-run homer in the top of the first that gave the Hens a quick lead.

But the RailRiders (17-14) responded in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-run double from McBroom that capped off the seven-run frame. Alvarez doubled in a run and Zack Zehner drove in one on a groundout while Scranton/Wilkes-Barre also scored two runs on two wild pitches and got another on an error.

After a Toledo RBI triple and a sac fly in the third, Trey Amburgey got a run back with a solo home run in the home half of the inning.

But the lead vanished in the fourth as Daz Cameron homered and Willi Castro tied it up at 8-8 with a two-run single. An Alvarez throwing error led to the go-ahead run.

Toldeo’s 9-8 edge held until the top of the ninth when the Hens added three insurance runs against reliever Cale Coshow. Castro led the hit parade, going 4-for-5 with three RBI on the night.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks began his rehab assignment with the team, batting leadoff and starting in center. He went 0-for-3, drew a walk and scored a run.

Hicks had been placed on the 10-day injured list on March 28 with lower-back stiffness. He began his rehab stint on May 6 with Single-A Tampa and is the first Yankees regular to rehab with the RailRiders this season.

The three-game series continues at 4:05 p.m. Saturday at PNC Field.

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