TOLEDO, OHIO - Austin Meadows clubbed his first home run of the season, but his eighth-inning blast was not enough as the Indianapolis Indians dropped the 4-3 decision to the Toledo Mud Hens.
Meadows' home run went to the deepest part of the ballpark and plated Gift Ngoepe. He was robbed of an extra-base hit earlier in the game. Meadows belted a ball into the gap in right field, but Jim Adduci leaped into the wall to record the out.
Indianapolis (3-6) struck first thanks in part to a lead-off walk in the opening frame. Max Moroff then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Meadows sent him home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Mud Hens (6-3) countered with two runs in the bottom of the first. They used a pair of hits and three walks to chase Tribe starter Clay Holmes from the game after he recorded just two outs. Omar Infante and Efren Navarro each drove a run in during the rally.
Adduci scored on a wild pitch from Indy reliever Brett McKinney in the third, and Toledo gained the largest lead of the game with a run in the seventh. Infante drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Meadows homer cut the lead to just one run, but Indianapolis would do no further damage in the 4-3 defeat.
Hens starter Drew VerHagen (1-0) pitched six innings and allowed just one run to earn the victory.
Holmes (0-1) was handed the loss after throwing 35 pitches in the first inning. The Tribe bullpen worked seven and one-third innings, and allowed just two runs.
Indianapolis and Toledo will play the third contest of the four-game series Saturday evening in northwest Ohio. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Josh Lindblom (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Tribe.
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