TOLEDO, Ohio -- Toledo used timely hitting to break open a close game in the fifth inning en route to a 10-2 victory over Miami Friday afternoon at Mercy Field. Matt Honchel and Scott Slappey each had a pair of hits for the RedHawks (10-11, 3-1).
The Rockets (10-12, 3-3) opened a 1-0 lead on a two-out single in the bottom of the third, but Miami tied the game two innings later. With two outs, Chad Sedio doubled in Ryan Elble, who had singled. With the hits, they each extended season-best hitting streaks to eight and seven games, respectively.
The lead didn't last long as Toledo tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff walk and hit batter around a sacrifice bunt put runners on the corners. A single broke the tie then Miami dodged a bullet with a fielder's choice out at home. But a triple down the left field line drove in two more runs and made the score 4-1.
The Rockets added an unearned run in the sixth and three more runs in the seventh to break open the contest. Miami closed the gap in the eighth on an RBI single by Kevin Bower, but Toledo capped the scoring on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the bottom of the frame.
Brooks Fiala (3-3) took the loss, allowing six hits and nine runs (six earned) in six innings. He saw his scoreless streak reach 28.1 innings before allowing the third-inning run. Kyle Shaw (3-3) threw eight solid innings for the Rockets, scattering nine hits, while striking out three.
The two teams continue their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.