August Fagerstrom

A night after the RubberDucks’ pitching earned them a win with a shutout, the bats got the job done in a 4-3 victory over the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday at Canal Park.

The Ducks (14-11) racked up 11 hits in the game and every starter reached base, but Mets starter Hansel Robles held them to just one run in the first five innings.

Tyler Naquin put together an impressive at-bat to lead off the sixth, falling behind 1-2 and fouling off three pitches before smoking a double hard off the wall in center field.

Naquin said last week that he felt like he was beginning to hit his stride with his swing. That appears to be the case, as he is eight for his past 22 with four walks and four strikeouts, good for a .364 batting average and .462 on-base percentage.

“His timing is very good,” RubberDucks manager David Wallace said. “He’s also staying behind the ball better. He tends to get out in front on that front leg, but he’s really staying behind it well and letting that bat speed and his hand quickness play out.”

Two batters later, third baseman Giovanny Urshela continued to punish Eastern League pitching, hitting his fifth home run of the season to tie the score at 3-3.

Urshela, who spent all of the 2013 season in Double-A, appears to have figured out the level so far this year. His team-leading 19 RBI are tied for fourth in the Eastern League and his five home runs are already nearing last year’s full season total of eight.

The Ducks took the 4-3 lead in the seventh inning when Justin Toole scored on a single by Francisco Lindor.

Lindor led off the fourth inning with a nice piece of hitting that showcased his maturity at the plate for his age. After falling behind 1-2 in the count, he shortened up his swing to slap a single up the middle.

“He does a great job with two strikes on both sides, but especially left handed,” Wallace said. “He did a nice job of shortening up his swing and driving it up the middle. And that’s going to serve him well. Those guys in the big leagues can’t be afraid to hit with two strikes, so that’s a great sign and a great quality.”

Jordan Cooper and Tyler Sturdevant shut the door for a Ducks bullpen that has been excellent all season. Cooper tossed three scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one to earn the win, improving to 2-0. Sturdevant earned his second save with a scoreless ninth, striking out one.

Kyle Davies, who spent seven years in the major leagues, got the start for the Ducks.

Davies has struggled with the long ball this season, allowing six homers in his first four starts. He was burned by it again in the second inning when he gave up a two-run homer to Mets (12-10) number nine hitter Wilfredo Tovar.

“When your velocity isn’t what it used to be and you make a mistake, especially with your fastball, it tends to get hit harder than it used to,” Wallace said. “It’s coming out of his hand good, it just doesn’t have the finishing life that it used to. It’s just a matter of time before he gets it back, though.”

Davies allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out one, walked one, hit a batter and allowed seven hits.

Naquin and Lindor led the Ducks with two hits and a steal each. Tyler Holt also had two hits.

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