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Honkers' losing streak hits nine

ALEXANDRIA — The Rochester Honkers' pitching struggles continued on Tuesday, as Alexandria pounded 16 hits in a 9-6 victory against Rochester.

The loss is the ninth in the row for the Honkers (9-22), who end the first half of the regular season tonight at Alexandria.

Rochester let leads of 4-0 and 6-4 slip away in the first two innings. The Honkers led 4-0 after the top of the first, only to see Alexandria tie the score in the bottom half of the inning. Each team then scored twice in the second inning for a 6-6 tie.

Alexandria put the game away with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Rochester's starting pitcher, Kevin Johnson, lasted just one inning. He allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits.

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Erik Mattingly replaced Johnson in the second inning and allowed three runs on five hits over the next three innings to suffer the loss.

Alexandria's Michael Reed picked up the win, despite giving up six runs and 10 hits over the first five innings.

Aaron Jones and Johnny Coy had two hits apiece for the Honkers. Jones had two doubles and scored a run, while Coy had a double, a run scored and an RBI. Designated hitter Ryan Hambright also drove in two runs with a double for Rochester.

Following tonight's game, the Honkers play a two-game series at Mankato on Thursday and Friday, then they have a six-game homestand, with three games against Duluth and three against St. Cloud.

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