Miami (11-11, 4-1) sent eight men to the plate in the first inning, with the first four reaching base safely. Matt Honchel led off with a double to left center, then after an Alex Johnson walk, Bower singled through the left side. Crummy found the same spot, plating Johnson for a 2-0 lead. After a wild pitch and strikeout, back-to-back walks brought home another run, then Miami built a 4-0 lead on a fielder's choice groundout.
The second inning started with a triple by Max Andresen, one of his two hits on the day. Honchel walked and stole second, setting up another big frame. Johnson grounded out to drive in a run, then Bower found a gap in left center, chasing Toledo starter Kyle Slack (1-3). One out later, Scott Slappey launched another double to left center, making the score 7-0.
Miami added run in the fifth when Chad Sedio was hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI single by Andresen.
Toledo (10-13, 3-2) closed the gap to 8-3 with a run on two hits in the sixth and a pair of runs in the seventh, but Miami broke the game open in the eighth. Honchel started things with his first career triple, then scored on a single by the middle by Johnson. Bower and Crummy singled to load the bases setting up Slappey for a two-run double to left center. A single by Sedio and sacrifice fly by Elble capped the five-run frame.
The Rockets added a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final scoring.
Mac Thoreson picked up his second straight win to improve to 2-3. He scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing just three runs. Charles Zubrod and Cory Klenke each threw an inning of relief to finish the game.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at Mercy Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.