The RubberDucks play nine-inning games in the Eastern League. The way things have been going the past three games for the Indians’ Double-A affiliate, they only need one.

For the third consecutive game, the Ducks used a big inning to pull out a win. On Monday, it came in a 7-5 victory over Tim Tebow and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at Canal Park.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the RubberDucks (13-10), who remain undefeated on this homestand and continued a pretty nice trend.

“It’s contagious,” Ducks center fielder Ka’ai Tom said. “One guy gets on base and it’s like passing on the torch. If one guy hits the ball well, everybody else is like, ‘OK, it’s my turn to do it.’”

Those words have teeth as the RubberDucks have ridden the wave of a big inning to claim victories.

On Saturday, a six-run seventh led to an 11-3 win over the Bowie Baysox. On Sunday, it was a four-run fifth that led to a 7-1 win over the Baysox.

The Rumble Ponies (11-10) came to town and jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but watched as the Ducks put up seven in the fifth for the win.

“I feel like the vibe in the dugout when we were down 5-0 was to just chip away,” RubberDucks manager Tony Mansolino said. “We all felt like if we could put up a run or two in the inning we could get back into it. Knowing what we’ve done later in games gave us confidence to keep competing.”

Tom has been the man of the hour this homestand. A center fielder, Tom came into Canal Park batting .122 and has absolutely been on a tear for the home team.

He’s 5-for-11, with two home runs and eight RBI so far and was the big bat once again for the RubberDucks, highlighting the fifth with a two-run blast to right field to score Andrew Calica.

“He’s just doing a good job of staying balanced and controlling the strike zone,” Calica said. “He’s getting what he’s looking for and taking advantage of those counts.”

For most of the season, starting pitching has been the key for the Ducks. In the series opener against the Rumble Ponies, the bullpen took a bow when Cameron Mingo’s Double-A debut didn’t go as planned.

Up from extended spring training for Michael Peoples, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right foot contusion, Mingo, a right-hander, went 2⅓ innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits.

Dominic DeMasi, Nick Pasquale, David Speer and Henry Martinez relieved the 24-year old Mingo with solid work.

The quartet closed the game by allowing six hits, but didn’t let anyone cross the plate, adding seven strikeouts along the way.

“The starting five has been good, but our bullpen has been just as good,” Mansolino said.

Tebow went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and left three on base.

Game 2 of the three-game series is Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Ducks left-hander Sean Brady (0-2, 4.96) and Ponies right-hander Nabil Crismatt (2-1, 1.21) are the scheduled pitchers.