NORFOLK, VA - The Indianapolis Indians started a 27-day stretch of consecutive games with 16 hits in a 7-3 win over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday night at Harbor Park. Drew Hutchison tossed seven full innings for the first time in 2017 to earn his third victory.
The Tides (27-37) drew even against Hutchison in the fifth on a two-out, three-run triple by Logan Schafer, but Erich Weiss broke the 3-3 deadlock in the sixth with an RBI single up the middle to give the Indians (34-29) the lead for good.
Indianapolis padded its advantage in the seventh on an Austin Meadows two-run home run into the Tides' right-field bullpen. The long ball was Meadows' fourth of the season. Christopher Bostick completed the scoring with an RBI double in the eighth off Steve Johnson, bringing home Jackson Williams.
Indy plated a pair of runs in the third on a fielder's choice by Meadows and run-scoring double off the bat of Eric Wood. The Indians pushed their lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a Gift Ngoepe RBI fielder's choice.
The Tribe racked up 14 of their 16 hits and six of their seven runs against Norfolk starter Jordan Kipper (2-3) from the second through the seventh. The 14 hits surrendered by the right-hander marked a career high.
Hutchison (3-2) was charged with three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced after allowing Schafer's bases-clearing three-bagger, and needed just 28 total pitches to get through his final three innings of work.
Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom both threw scoreless innings in relief to seal Indy's second straight win following a four-game slide. The Indians have won four of five matchups against Norfolk this season.
All nine regulars for the Indians recorded at least one hit, led by Bostick's three-hit, two-double game atop the order.
The Indians and Tides continue their three-game series Wednesday night. The Tribe will send right-hander Nick Kingham (2-2, 4.73) to the mound, opposite Norfolk southpaw Chris Lee (3-3, 6.28). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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