Indianapolis, IN - Trailing 1-0 entering the 8th inning, the Bats put up four runs, courtesy of some misplays by the Indy defense and a Danny Dorn two-run double, en route to a 4-2 victory in front of 5,817 fans at Victory Field.
Through seven innings of play, both starters, Travis Wood and Ty Taubenheim, controlled the game, as Wood allowed only one run and Taubenheim held the Bats scoreless.
The lone Indianapolis run came in the first inning of play when Brian Bixler led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. He then scored on a Jose Tabata double with one out, putting the Indians up 1-0.
Through seven innings of play, the Bats could not touch either starter Taubenheim or Jeff Karstens, but when Jorge Julio entered in the eighth inning, they were finally able to do some damage.
Chris Denove walked to lead off the inning and then Luis Bolivar reached attempting to sacrifice Denove to second. Michael Griffin then attempted to sacrifice both runners over and reached on an error by catcher Eric Kratz.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Danny Dorn doubled to right field, scoring Denove and Bolivar, and moving Griffin to third. A wild pitch by Julio later scored Griffin and then Dorn scored on a single by Juan Francisco.
With the 4-1 lead the Bats then relied on relievers Jeff Kennard and Logan Ondrusek to slam the door. The Indians were able to scratch a run against Kennard to cut the lead to 4-2, but Ondrusek pitched a scoreless ninth en route to his 11th save of the season.
Federico Baez (2-1, 4.33) picked up the win for the Bats by pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh inning. He allowed two hits and struck out three in two innings of work.
Jorge Julio (0-2, 6.08) picked up the loss for the Indians.
The Bats and Indians square off again tomorrow night at 7:15 in Indianapolis. LHP Ben Jukich (9-6, 4.23) will get the start for the Bats and be opposed by LHP Bobby Livington.