Visiting Louisville pounded out four home runs Wednesday night at Victory Field as the Bats clubbed Indianapolis 7-5 to open the Indians' final homestand of the year.
Louisville third baseman Luis Bolivar led the bombardment with a pair of homers, his sixth and seventh of the season. Kevin Barker and Rob Mackowiak added solo shots for the Bats, who lead the International League West with an 85-53 slate.
The Bats took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Alvin Colina opened the frame with a double off Indians starter Daniel McCutchen (6-9). Michael Griffin singled up the middle to put runners at the corners. Bolivar followed with a towering blast to right that just cleared the foul pole.
Louisville went ahead 4-0 with two out in the third when Barker slammed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center. It was the 18th homer for Barker, the Indians' first baseman in 2000-2001.
Mackowiak opened the fourth with a carbon copy of Bolivar's blast. The homer, Mackowiak's fifth, came on a 1-0 pitch. The left-handed hitting Bolivar followed with an opposite-field shot that made it 6-0.
John Van Benschoten replaced McCutchen in the fifth and gave up another run. Drew Anderson led off with a single, followed by a base on balls to Barker. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and when Colina grounded to short, Anderson scored to extend Louisville's lead to 7-0.
Indianapolis broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Luis Cruz started the rally with an infield single and Van Benschoten worked Bats starter Bobby Livingston (4-3) for a walk. Cruz moved to third when Brian Bixler flied to center and then scored on Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice. McCutchen strolled home when Pearce drilled a 3-2 pitch off the left field wall for a triple.
The Indians cut the deficit to 7-4 in the sixth. After a leadoff hit by Neil Walker, Mulhern cracked Livingston's first pitch past the left field wall for his sixth homer.
Pearce struck again in the seventh with a two-out homer to left to make it 7-5. It was the 12th home run of the year for Pearce, who went 3-for-5.
Ronny Paulino followed with a double to right that chased Livingston. Justin Lehr, who came on in relief, issued a base on balls to Walker but got Mulhern on an inning-ending fly ball.
Lehr pitched a scoreless eighth inning and gave way to Jon Adkins in the ninth. Adkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save, tops in the International League.
Romulo Sanchez and T.J. Beam combined for three innings of shutout relief for the Indians (65-74).
A crowd of 7,216 was on hand for the two-hour, 32-minute contest.
Post-game quotes -- INF/OF Ryan Mulhern
(on getting into a groove at the plate)
"I have just been working on a lot of stuff with my swing and it's finally clicking and carrying over into the game."
(on losing so many close games down the stretch)
"Each time you go out you want to win and compete. You don't want to just go out and go through the motions. It's been tough because we've been losing gone out and lost a lot of one-run games where we've had the opportunity to win."
Bats club four home runs in 7-5 win over Tribe
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