The Bowling Green Hot Rods used a pair of two-run home runs from Brandon Martin and Justin O’Conner on Friday to record a 4-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
Dylan Floro earned his seventh win and struck out a career-high eight batters as the Hot Rods (43-34 overall, 5-4 second half) claimed the series win against the first-half division champs.
Martin’s two-run homer gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 advantage in the third inning. With one out, Joey Rickard was hit by a Brandon Sinnery pitch.
Martin then deposited a Sinnery offering into the bleacher seats in left field for his third home run of the season and first since May 29.
The Silver Hawks (49-29, 4-5) answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI triple from Andrew Velazquez, but in the top of the sixth inning, O’Conner put Bowling Green ahead 4-1 with his sixth home run of the season.
Floro lasted six innings for the sixth consecutive start and lowered his season ERA to 2.03.
Marcus Jensen allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth.
With Matt Ramsey on for the save in the ninth, Andrew Toles threw out South Bend’s Rudy Flores at the plate for the second out, and Ramsey induced a groundout to second base to secure the win.
The Hot Rods’ six-game road trip continues at 6 p.m. CDT today in Comstock Park, Mich., where they’ll begin a three-game series with West Michigan at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The Hot Rods will start right-hander Reinaldo Lopez (2-4, 3.04 ERA) against West Michigan left-hander Jordan John (5-3, 2.87).