The Akron Aeros scored 13 runs on just nine hits as they won the rubber match of a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs 13-5 Thursday at Hadlock Field.
Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland recorded the win for Akron pitching 5.1 innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on 11 hits, walking four and striking out three.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller suffered the loss for Portland lasting five innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits and striking out eight while walking two.
Raul Padron gave the Aeros a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single.
It remained that way until the bottom of the third inning. Ryan Khoury led off with a single and advanced to third when Alex Hassan reached on a Cristo Arnal fielding error. With one out, Will Middlebrooks singled Khoury home to tie the game 1-1. With two outs, Ronald Bermudez rapped an RBI single to give the Sea Dogs (49-68) a 2-1 lead. Oscar Tejeda followed with an RBI double to make it 3-1.
The Aeros (62-56) retook the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Chun Chen and Raul Padron opened the frame with back-to-back walks and Michel Hernandez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. John Drennen followed with a two-RBI double to tie the game 3-3. Kyle Bellows singled home Hernandez and Drennen to give the Aeros a 5-3 lead.
With the lead trimmed to 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning, Drennen hit a three-run home run to center field to make it 8-4.
Akron scored five more runs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros will travel to New Hampshire to begin a three-game series against the Fisher Cats on Friday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Steve Wright, who is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow right-hander Nestor Molina, who makes his first start with the Fisher Cats this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.