Brad Bournival

The Harrisburg Senators entered Canal Park on Friday with the best record in the Eastern League in the last 10 games, losing just once.

The RubberDucks, and particularly Michael Peoples, gave a collective yawn in a 6-1 win.

Peoples (5-1) went 6? innings before allowing a hit.

The run-scoring double to the aptly named Spencer Kieboom chased Peoples, but it was the only hit the team gave up in yet another fantastic outing.

Peoples finished with three walks and a hit batter, allowing just the one earned run, while striking out four for the Ducks’ 16th consecutive win at home.

“He’s been great, tonight he was special,” said RubberDucks assistant coach Tim Laker, who was filling in for Dave Wallace who missed the game because of family obligations. “Obviously being the interim manager, I was nervous I was going to have to pull him out because he had too many pitches with a no-hitter going. He did a great job and just looked ahead all night, threw strikes and used his defense.”

The outing was more of the same for Peoples. In his last three starts, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.37 earned run average, allowing three earned runs in 19? innings.

Peoples has allowed 10 hits during that span. Over those three starts, opponents are hitting a collective .147 (10-of-68). His control has been so good this year that the three walks were a season high.

“It’s a quiet confidence type of thing,” Peoples said. “You go into it and you should think you can get every hitter out. I just try to stay within myself and continue what we’ve been doing and not think too much about past or present.”

The Ducks (34-13) picked up all the run support they needed when Bryson Myles and Bradley Zimmer opened the fourth inning with back-to-back home runs to right field. Jordan Smith added a two-out RBI single to score Nellie Rodriguez, who doubled earlier in the inning.

“Once you get some momentum like we have been as of late, one guy puts one in the gap and then the next guy and it’s contagious,” Zimmer said. “We’re out there playing free and loose and it’s clicking.”

Jaron Long (2-2) picked up the loss, going 5? innings of eight-hit ball. He gave up four runs — all earned — and struck out two.

An already solid RubberDucks pitching staff will get a boost Saturday when Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco makes a start.

Carrasco (2-0, 2.45 ERA) has a 0.96 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 22 innings this season. He’s been on the disabled list since April 25 with a tender hamstring. He’ll face Tyler Mapes (5-2, 3.40) and is slated to pitch approximately four innings or 60 pitches.

“It’ll be awesome for these guys just to get the experience of playing behind a guy like that,” Laker said. “It works for the pitchers just to watch how he attacks hitters. Just his presence and how he goes about his business will be really good for these guys.”

Because of Carrasco’s start, Adam Plutko (3-2, 2.89) will have his start pushed back to Sunday with Anderson Polanco (1-2, 9.24) following him out of the bullpen. The first pitch Saturday is 6:35 p.m.