INDIANAPOLIS - Jarrod Saltalamacchia sprinted around the bases on a Jacob Robson double in the seventh inning, providing the Mud Hens with the decisive run as the Indians dropped a tough 4-3 decision on Thursday night. Jacob Stallings had three hits while Jerrick Suiter recorded two RBI in the loss.
Moments after Indianapolis (71-65) tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth with three consecutive two-out hits, the visiting Mud Hens (70-65) regained the lead before the stretch. Saltalamacchia greeted Michael Feliz (L, 2-1) with a single to right and scored all the way from first as Robson's two-bagger kicked around in the left-field corner.
Stallings and Suiter helped the Tribe to a 1-0 advantage in the second. Stallings doubled and scored on a two-out knock by Suiter.
Toledo threatened in the third but came up empty against Alex McRae, who retired Willi Castro on a lineout to strand two baserunners.
The Mud Hens' first three batters reached in the fourth, however. Jason Krizan singled home Christin Stewart and Chad Huffman later scored on a Harold Castro sacrifice fly to the wall in right.
Two innings later, Krizan rolled a grounder through the right side to score Stewart again.
Indy responded against one of the International League's toughest relievers in the bottom half of the sixth. Wyatt Mathisen singled off Paul Voelker (W, 6-3) and touched home on an Eric Wood two-out double. Suiter then tied the game with a ground-rule double.
Zac Houston (S, 9) recorded the final five outs to maintain his 0.00 ERA over 10.2 innings against Indy this season.
The Indians begin their final 2018 regular-season series against Louisville on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Right-hander Mitch Keller (3-2, 4.63) will oppose Bats righty Lucas Sims (4-5, 3.11).
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