AVON, Ohio — Dominic Topoozian allowed only one earned run over six innings and the Gateway Grizzlies came from behind for a 3-2 win Wednesday night over the Lake Erie Crushers at Sprenger Stadium.
Gateway (15-20) snapped a five-game losing streak with the triumph over the first-place Crushers (17-16).
Topoozian (4-1) turned in another quality start — his fourth in five starts this season and the Grizzlies' fourth in a row. He conceded two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out two.
After he drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning Tuesday to force extras, Matt Brown's sixth-inning RBI single brought in the eventual game-winning run Wednesday. He knocked home the third Grizzlies run of the frame to stretch their lead to 3-1.
Jamey Smart, who had just launched a two-out RBI triple to the warning track in right-center field immediately prior, scored on Brown's single. Andrew Daniel's RBI groundout opened the scoring earlier in the sixth.
Brown finished 2-for-4, the only multi-hit performance for the Grizzlies.
Gateway had scored eight runs combined over its previous five games before Wednesday and had not scored more than two runs in any of them; the Grizzlies scored three in the sixth inning alone Wednesday.
Grizzlies pitchers struck out only four but did not walk a single batter.
Gateway and Lake Erie will conclude their three-game series with a Thursday rubber match at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Lucas Lanphere is scheduled to start for the Grizzlies.
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