INDIANAPOLIS - Christopher Bostick smacked four hits and Max Moroff belted his International League-best ninth home run on his 24th birthday to carry the Indianapolis Indians over the Norfolk Tides, 4-1, on Saturday night at Victory Field. Bostick's four-knock performance was the second of his career, the other coming on July 30, 2014, with High-A Myrtle Beach.
The Indians (15-17) broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth on Moroff's drive over the left-field wall. The Tides (15-20) had pulled even against Drew Hutchison in the top half of the frame on a one-out RBI single by Drew Dosch.
Bostick padded Indy's lead in the sixth with a run-scoring double into the left-field corner for his third hit of the night. He launched a two-bagger to the warning track in right-center in the eighth, making him the first Tribe player in 2017 to collect four hits in a single game.
Norfolk's Jayson Aquino (1-3) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first with a strikeout of Jason Rogers, and he worked around a leadoff single and stolen base in the second to keep the game scoreless. The left-hander ran into trouble in the fourth, however, after Eric Wood doubled to start the frame. Following a Rogers single to center, Phil Gosselin plated Wood on a 1-4-3 double play to make it 1-0.
Indianapolis' recent trend of strong pitching returned after a hiccup on the bump in Friday's 11-4 loss to the Tides, snapping what was a six-game winning streak. Hutchison (2-1) hurled six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and one walk with four punchouts. Edgar Santana then worked the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for his fifth save of the year and first career three-inning save. He extended his scoreless streak to 17.2 innings of work, dating back to April 11.
Wood joined Bostick with a pair of doubles, giving the Indians four such occurrences in the last three games. Through the first 29 games of the season, only three Indians players - Bostick, Gift Ngoepe and Jose Osuna - had collected two doubles in a single game.
Indianapolis and Norfolk conclude their four-game series with a Mother's Day matinee Sunday afternoon at Victory Field. The Indians will send right-hander Clay Holmes (1-1, 3.42) to the mound, opposite Tides left-hander Chris Lee (2-1, 5.81). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.
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