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RubberDucks complete sweep of Curve, 8-straight wins

The RubberDucks cranked out ten hits and four doubles in Sunday's 5-4 win.

RubberDucks complete sweep of Curve, 8-straight wins
RubberDucks second baseman Joe Wendle has had a rocky start to the season from the plate (.192), but went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI and scored a run in Akron's 5-4 win over the Altoona Curve on Sunday. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
May 5, 2014
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ALTOONA, PA – Akron RubberDucks first baseman Ronny Rodriguez smacked a two-out, opposite-field double in the eighth inning Sunday, driving in the, eventual, winning run in a 5-4 victory over the Altoona Curve at People’s Natural Gas Field.  

The win completed a four-game series sweep for the RubberDucks (18-11), and extended the team’s winning streak to eight games. Akron is now 7-2 on the season against Altoona, with eight more games coming up against the Curve this month.  

Rodriguez’s double off Joan Montero (0-1, 2.93) drove home Tony Wolters, who had singled earlier in the inning. It broke a 4-4 tie, and set the stage for Akron’s 11th one-run victory of the season.  

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong worked the ninth inning, retiring the Curve (11-17) in order for his fourth save. It made a winner of Enosil Tejeda who tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Akron starter Joe Colon didn’t figure in the decision, but threw well, going five innings and allowing just one run.  

The RubberDucks held a 4-1 lead until the seventh inning when Altoona’s Drew Maggi belted a three-run homer off Francisco Valera to tie the game.  

The RubberDucks got off to a fast start against right-hander Nick KinghamJordan Smith smacked a RBI single in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. In the second, Joe Wendle delivered a two-run single, and Wolters added a sacrifice fly as Akron built a 4-0 lead.  

Richmond defeated Trenton, 5-3, on Sunday to remain 1 ½ games behind the first-place RubberDucks.  

The RubberDucks will open a three-game series at Erie on Monday night at 7:05 PM. RHP Will Roberts (3-2, 4.03) will get the start for Akron, while RHP Warwick Saupold (2-2, 6.08) is the announced starter for the SeaWolves. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1350 AM in Akron and also via www.AkronRubberDucks.com.  

The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2014 season is the 18th since moving to Canal Park and the first as the RubberDucks. For more information, including official team merchandise, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. Fans may also follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck. 

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