SYRACUSE | Zach Duke was straight-up dealing again on Thursday night.
Even though he lost his bid for back-to-back complete game shutouts on a ninth-inning John Lindsey two-run home run, Duke led the Syracuse Chiefs to an 8-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The home run in the ninth broke a string of 20-straight scoreless innings for the veteran lefty who leads the International League in wins with 14. Duke also threw his first wild pitch of the season in 150.1 innings on Thursday.
Overall, he gave up nine hits as he struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He had 92 pitches, 70 strikes, as he tossed the first complete game shutout for the Chiefs since 2009 in his last outing.
Erik Davis came on and gave up two runs, one earned, in the ninth.
The Chiefs scored three in the first and five in the eighth as six different hitters drove in runs including Carlos Rivero who hit his tenth homer of the season in the first.
Zach Walters drove in his first run as a Chief in the five-run eighth.
There were 25 hits in the game, 15 for Syracuse, and the Chiefs wrap up the four-game, and season, series with Toledo tomorrow at ABS.
Audio Highlights: From @ChiefsRadio
Video Highlights: from MiLB.com
Record, Standings: 62-65
Nationals Headline of the Day: Off Day so let's talk pitching
Next Game: Aug. 17 vs. Toledo 7 p.m.
Line of the Day: Chris Marrero, 1B – 3-for-4
A bunch to pick from today – Carlos Rivero 3-for-4, 2 R, HR RBI and Eury Perez 2-for-4, 2R, RBI – but Marrero was just coming back off of tweaking his leg injury and he opened up with three straight singles before grounding out in his final at-bat of the night.
He hit in the No. 5 spot in the lineup.
Rivero’s .312 is good for third in the International League depending on other outcomes.
Brown-watch: 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI
Hitting in the No. 2 spot again on Thursday - Brown has hit No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3 all season long – he had an RBI triple in his first at bat in the first.
The RBI was No. 64 on the season which is best on the team.
He is hitting .297 on the season now.