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Aviators get two early homers to power their way to victory

The Frontier Greys (4-25) may have had the worst record in the Frontier League coming into tonight's game, but they gave the Rockford Aviators (13-14), presented by Pearson, all they could handle as the Aviators used a late-inning single to break away and win 6-4. The Greys got on the board in the first inning with an RBI single by Joe Rapp that scored Cameron Monger to give the Greys a 1-0 lead.

However, the Aviators responded in a big way in the bottom half of the inning.

Kyle Dhanani reached on an error by Donald Blunt and Jose Martinez sent a line drive over the left field fence to give the Aviators a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, Edgar Corcino hit his fourth homer of the year with a solo shot over the right field wall that extended the lead to 3-1.

As the teams headed into the bottom of the sixth inning, the umpires called for the tarp as a quick storm cell moved through the area causing a 32-minute rain delay. Following the delay, the Greys sent their starting pitcher, Kyle Blair back to the mound to continue pitching and he retired the Aviators in order before things fell apart for him in the seventh.

Rapp picked up his sixth home run of the year for the Greys in the top half of the seventh off of Aviators relief pitcher David Wayne Russo to tie the game up at four. Russo came in for Cole Green who had a spectacular outing and was in line for the win before Rapp's home run. Green pitched six innings and allowed just two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out nine.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Aviators put runners on first and second before a wild pitch from Blair advanced the runners to second and third base. Kenny Bryant then came to the plate and hit a chopper over the head of the Greys' second basemen that went into right field to score both runners and put the Aviators ahead for good 6-4.

Gerardo Sanchez picked up his sixth save of the year in as many opportunities as he would strike out two in the final inning to seal the win.

The Aviators are back in action tomorrow night in game two of the series against the Greys. Game time is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start and the gates will open at 6:05 p.m. It will be Dog Days of Summer at the park and fans can bring their pets to Aviators Stadium. All Paws Pet Wash will be at the stadium handing out giveaways and special prizes to pet owners. It will also be Guaranteed Win Wednesday and if the Aviators fail to win the game, fans can use their ticket for any other Wednesday home game during the 2014 season.

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