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Duncan clubs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre record07/19/2007 11:30 PM ET
By Caleb Pardick
Shelley Duncan hit his franchise record-setting 25th homer and drove in three runs to lift visiting Scranton Wilkes-Barre over Indianapolis 7-6 on Thursday.
Duncan's two-run blast in the third inning pushed him past Wendell Magee Jr. on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre single-season homer list. Magee hit 24 homers for the Red Barons in 1998.
The Yankees slugger wasn't even aware he was on the verge of doing so until two days ago.
"I didn't know anything about it until I hit No. 24, and my dad [St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan] told me about it," Duncan said. "It's still so early in the season, and it isn't one of those things you go out and try to do, but it's not something I'll really appreciate until the year's over with."
Duncan also had an RBI single in the first and scored the go-ahead run in the ninth on Andy Cannizaro's sacrifice fly, which helped complete the four-game sweep of the Indians.
Eric Duncan hit a solo home run, his seventh, in the fourth and tied the game with a single in the seventh for the Yankees (54-42), who have won eight of their last 10 games.
Ben Kozlowski (3-6) earned the win, allowing one hit and two walks while fanning three in two scoreless frames. Jim Brower gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth to register his 19th save.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Ross Ohlendorf surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a walk while fanning five in five innings.
Franquelis Osoria (2-4) took the loss, allowing one run on one hit and a walk in two frames. Indians starter Marty McLeary yielded five runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings.
Michael Ryan hit a solo homer, his ninth, in the first and Adam Boeve collected three hits and drove in a run for Indianapolis (49-48), which has lost nine of its last 10.
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