Matt Lawson had another late inning extra base hit, doubling to score Jordan Henry and Tyler Holt in the seventh inning to give the Aeros a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park.
The Aeros (57-39) won in comeback fashion for the second straight night and notched their fifth consecutive win, further increasing their lead over the second-place Senators. Harrisburg (49-47) lost its fourth straight and dropped to eight games behind Akron in the EL West.
Akron first basemen Adam Abraham opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning. The Senators got a run off Aeros starter T.J. House (6-2) on an RBI fielder's choice in the fifth inning to tie the score 1-1. After Harrisburg's Justin Bloxom homered in the top of the seventh, the Senators took a 2-1 lead. Lawson responded with a two-out two run double to give the Aeros a 3-2 lead and, eventually, the win.
House earned the win for Akron, going seven innings while allowing two runs on six hits, no walks and four strikeouts. The win marked House's first since June 20th against Binghamton. Shawn Armstrong and Preston Guilmet relieved House and pitched two perfect innings. Armstrong struck out one in his second Aeros appearance while Guilmet fanned two for his 15th save of the season.
Harrisburg starter Ryan Tatusko pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing just one hit while striking out seven, but gave up two runs to get a no decision. Following Abraham's second inning home run, Tatusko did not allow a hit the rest of the way. After Tatusko walked Henry in the seventh, Marcos Frias (3-4) came on in relief and promptly allowed a hit to Holt and the game-winner to Lawson, giving Frias the loss.
The Akron offense was relatively quiet, but made the most of their three hits. Abraham's second inning home run was his tenth of the season and fourth in July. Holt and Lawson's hits in the seventh were the only other base hits on the night.
Harrisburg also had a quiet offensive night as they recorded just six baserunners. The Senators received multi-hit nights from Jimmy Van Ostrand and Justin Bloxom. Bloxom's home run in the seventh was his fifth for Harrisburg and 17th overall this season.
The Aeros and Senators will play the final game of the series and homestand on Wednesday at 12:05. RHP Ryan Perry (1-1, 1.66) will start for Harrisburg against RHP Steven Wright (6-6, 2.46) of the Aeros.