Giovanny Urshela is taking his game to a new level in his second season with the RubberDucks.

The 22-year-old Colombia native continued his impressive early pace, smacking three doubles as part of an 11-hit attack and leading the Ducks to a 6-4 victory over Altoona on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park before 6,063 spectators.

Urshela, named the Indians minor-league player of the week last week, has earned an increasingly important role in the Ducks’ offense. He has batted cleanup most of the season and was moved to third in the order Sunday.

He led off both the third and fifth with doubles, driving in a run and scoring another, and knocked in an insurance run with his third double in the ninth.

“Had a great offseason,” Ducks manager David Wallace said of Urshela. “Came into camp in great shape and swung it all spring training and has continued that right into the season. Proud of him and the work that he’s done. You’re seeing the results of it.”

Urshela’s 3-for-5 day raised his average to .304. He leads the team with eight doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI, 24 hits and 13 runs scored.

He was Akron’s primary third baseman last year, hitting .270 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 116 games.

“Trying to get better than last year,” said Urshela. “So I’m trying to hit the ball better and drive the ball into the gaps. That’s what I’m working on and that’s what I’m doing now.

“They are happy now with the work I’ve been doing this year, in spring training and here,” he said.

Urshela, in his sixth year with the organization, signed as a free agent after attending a tryout in Venezuela and has gradually moved up the ladder. He has shown a knack for making consistent contact, seldom striking out.

“He’s staying behind the ball better,” said Wallace. “Before he’d get out in front and he was susceptible to a lot of off-speed and now he’s staying back better and swinging at better pitches.”

Akron (12-11) won two out of three in its weekend series with the Curve (10-11). The Ducks host a three-game set with Binghamton starting at 6:35 p.m. today.

Right-hander Joe Colon got his first win with six strong innings. Tyler Sturdevant allowed a run in the ninth but earned his first save.

Colon (1-2, 3.14) held Altoona to two runs on three hits and struck out five. He struggled with command, issuing four walks.

“The great thing about it is, not only is he going deep in the game but he’s got potential to go even deeper,” said Wallace. “I don’t think he threw his best game today. I don’t think he’s thrown his best game yet.

“He had some at-bats that got his pitch count up and wasn’t able to be as aggressive as he wanted to early in counts. I think we’ll start to see here soon him going seven, even eight, possibly nine innings.”

Altoona starter Adrian Sampson (3-2) was not so fortunate, departing with two out in the second inning when the Ducks scored twice. Jordan Smith singled in the first run and Ronny Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly drove in the other.

And it could have been more. Former major-leaguer Bryan LaHair, in his second game after joining the team from Columbus, doubled but was thrown out at the plate on a disputed call.

Francisco Lindor and Urshela had back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0 in the third. Urshela doubled and LaHair singled starting the fifth and both eventually scored.

Altoona’s Gift Ngoepe hit a solo home run in the eighth, before Urshela’s RBI double made it 6-3. Alen Hanson’s run-scoring triple in the ninth cut it to 6-4 before Sturdivant induced Ngoepe to fly out to end it.