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09/15/2009 11:27 PM ET
Mills, McBride go deep in Game 1
Tomlin strikes out seven to help Akron past Connecticut
Beau Mills celebrates his homer in Game 1 of the Eastern League Finals on Tuesday. (Kevin Pataky/


Matt McBride and Beau Mills homered and Josh Tomlin worked seven strong innings as Akron bested Connecticut, 7-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern League Finals.

Tomlin struck out seven and held the Defenders to a pair of runs on five hits in his second playoff start. Steven Wright and Neil Wagner each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Mills ripped a two-run shot in the fourth and McBride added a solo drive in the eighth. John Drennen went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Carlos Rivero scored twice and knocked in a run.

Top Indians prospect Carlos Santana singled and scored and former first-rounder Lonnie Chisenhall added a pair of base hits for the Aeros.

Connecticut starter Ben Snyder was charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. He struck out three and allowed a home run.

Garrett Broshuis made his first playoff appearance and was charged with one run on two hits over two frames of relief.

Eddy Martinez-Esteve smacked his third playoff homer in the seventh and former first-round pick Jackson Williams knocked in the other run for Connecticut.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.