Akron - Matt McBride hit two solo home runs as the Akron Aeros scored one run in each of the first five innings and ended a season-high four-game losing streak winning game one of a four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves 7-4 Thursday at Canal Park.
Right-handed pitcher Austin Adams earned the win for Akron tossing six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits, walking two and striking out three.
Right-hander Cory Burns got the last three outs to earn his league-best 28th save of 2011, With the save, Burns is one shy of the Aeros single season record of 29 saves, which is held by Randy Newsom, who set the mark in 2008.
Left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby suffered the loss for Erie lasting four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits, walking five and striking out four.
The SeaWolves (48-57) got things started in the top of the first inning as Francisco Martinez singled home Jamie Johnson to make it 1-0.
The Aeros (55-51) tied the game 1-1 in bottom of the frame on a Juan Diaz RBI double.
The teams traded runs in the second before McBride clubbed his first solo home run of the game in the bottom of the third inning to give Akron a 3-2 lead.
Karexon Sanchez singled home Kyle Bellows in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase the Aeros lead to 4-2.
Following an Erie run in the top of the fifth inning, McBride hit his second solo home run of the game and his 14th of the season in the bottom of the frame to give Akron a 5-3 lead.
Erie's Deik Scram hit a solo home run of his own in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Aeros lead to one run at 5-4.
That was as close as they would get as Akron added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros and SeaWolves will continue their four-game series Friday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, who is 4-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow southpaw Jay Voss, who is 5-5 with a 4.21 ERA this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.