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Ducks rack up 15 hits, put victory away early

Lew Ford, Alec Sole help fashion a six-run second inning and Jair Jurrjens and bullpen keep first-place Somerset at bay.

Long Island Ducks' Alec Sole strokes a single

Long Island Ducks' Alec Sole strokes a single against Somerset on Sunday at Bethpage Ballpark. Photo Credit: George A. Faella

Lew Ford doubled home three runs with two outs in the second inning to cap a six-run rally as the Long Island Ducks beat the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots, 8-2, on Sunday at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island native Alec Sole hit a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch to put the Ducks ahead 3-1. After Somerset pitcher Trevor Foss loaded the bases with his third walk of the inning, Ford’s double to right put the Ducks ahead 6-1.

“This was a good way to end the series,” Ford said. “We would’ve liked to play better the other two games, but we did well today and now we just have to take this into the next series at Sugar Land.”

The Ducks added a run in the fourth on a two-out single by Cody Puckett. Travis Snider singled home a run in the seventh to give the Ducks an 8-2 lead.

Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit for the Ducks, who finished with 15.

“We got better pitches to hit and we took advantage of them,” manager Kevin Baez said. “It was nice to see. We definitely needed it to get guys feeling good about themselves.”

Jair Jurrjens (2-2) delivered his finest outing as a Duck. The 2011 Atlanta Braves All-Star allowed two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk and struck out three in five innings.

“I feel healthy and strong again,” he said. “My strength was lacking in my first few starts and now I’m just happy to be back to help the team.”

Daniel Schlereth, Rob Rogers, Vinnie Pestano and six-time major-league All-Star Francisco Rod riguez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, combining to allow one hit.

The Ducks (14-13), who avoided a three-game sweep, pulled within four games of Somerset. It was the last game between the teams before the first half of the season ends July 8.

“Some days we’re down, some days we’re up,” Sole said. “Today we were up, and it seems like when we get that positive energy going, we all seem to play a little better.”

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