Beacon Journal staff report
In four previous games in Harrisburg, Pa., the Aeros lost by an average of almost seven runs. Akron snapped that streak Friday night, beating the host Senators 3-1.
The Aeros have not had much offense in Harrisburg the past two months, and are averaging only two runs a game in the Pennsylvania capital.
The Aeros had just enough offense Friday, getting three runs on nine hits. Cedric Hunter hit a solo homer in the third inning, breaking a 1-1 tie. Giovanny Urshela had two doubles and two RBI, and Carlos Moncrief added a triple.
Right-hander Toru Murata improved to 4-5, holding the Senators (55-45) to three hits. Murata gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Steven Souza, the second batter of the game. In seven innings of work, Murata struck out four and walked one. Austin Adams and Trey Haley each worked a scoreless inning in relief as the Aeros evened their road record to 23-23.
Akron (48-51) is in fourth place in the Eastern League Western Division, 6½ games behind first-place Harrisburg. The four-game series continues at 7 tonight in Harrisburg.