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Aberdeen pitcher Hector Guance won his sixth game Wednesday night, pitching six innings in the 9-4 win. Guance struck out 10.
Aberdeen pitcher Hector Guance won his sixth game Wednesday night, pitching six innings in the 9-4 win. Guance struck out 10. (Matt Button / Aegis Staff / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Hoping to get back in the win column after their first loss in eight games, the Aberdeen IronBirds and Vermont Lake Monsters played the finale of their three-game series Wednesday night in Vermont.

The IronBirds (30-32) did win, beating the Lake Monsters, 9-4. The ‘Birds led 3-2 through five innings, but Vermont knotted the game at 3 all with a run in the sixth.

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Aberdeen, though, responded with a four-run outburst in the seventh to go back ahead for good.

In that seventh inning, Nick Horvath and Robbie Thorburn drew back-to-back walks to open the inning. Adam Hall popped out for the first out, but Anthony Santander was hit by pitch to load the bases and the merry-go-round began.

J.C. Escarra singled, scoring Horvath and keeping the bases loaded. Cody Roberts also singled, scoring Thorburn and the bases remained loaded.

Robert Neustrom, who has been hotter than most Aberdeen hitters recently, delivered again. Neustrom singled to drive in Santander and Escarra.

Willy Yahn walked to reload the bases, but the ‘Birds were unable to do any further damage.

The ‘Birds did score twice more in the ninth. Roberts and Neustrom both walked and later scored on Jean Carmona’s double.

Neustrom (2-for-4, 2 runs) was the lone batter to have multiple hits. Hall, hitting from the leadoff spot, had a single and two runs scored. He also stole his 16th base.

Escarra and Yahn (double) had an RBI each.

Hector Guance (6-5) earned the win. Guance threw six innings, allowing six hits, three runs (two earned) and a two walks. He struck out 10.

Aberdeen will be back home tonight (Thursday) at 7:05 p.m. to begin a quick, three-game series with the Staten Island Yankees. The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m. and concludes Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. finale.

The ‘Birds then hed to Tri-City for three before coming back home for the final home stand of the season. The IronBirds and Connecticut Tigers will play two on Wednesday and one each on Thursday and next Friday.

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