Aeros' Kouzmanoff goes 5-for-5

Fuels 20-hit attack in 7-5 victory over Pelfrey, Mets

(Carl Kline/Kinston Indians)

May 4, 2006 3:50 PM ET

Kevin Kouzmanoff went 5-for-5 with three RBIs as the Akron Aeros completed a four-game sweep of the Binghamton Mets with a 7-5 victory on Thursday afternoon at Canal Park.

Kouzmanoff's final hit was a run-scoring single in the eighth inning that snapped a 5-5 tie. The third baseman raised his average to .458, second in the Eastern League behind Reading's John Castellano.

Brad Snyder went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Pat Osborn went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. The Aeros (18-10) rapped out 20 hits en route to their sixth straight win.

Travis Foley (1-1) pitched two innings and picked up the win, despite allowing the tying run in the top of the eighth. Juan Lara tossed a scoreless ninth to nab his first save of the season. Akron starter Sean Smith gave up one run on five hits over five innings, while Victor Kleine retired one batter and was charged with three runs on five hits.

Jim Ed Warden entered with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, struck out Yunir Garcia and retired Jonathan Slack on a flyout to preserve the Aeros' 5-4 lead.

Tony Abreu's RBI single in the first put Binghamton (12-15) on the board. Bobby Malek, Corey Ragsdale and Kevin Rios contributed sixth-inning RBIs, while Malek tripled and scored in the eighth.

Timothy McNab (0-1) surrendered two eighth-inning runs and took the loss. Starter Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs on 13 hits over four innings as his ERA climbed to 4.66. Eddie Camacho and Ryan Cullen combined for three shutout frames.

Benjamin Hill is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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