Eight-run fifth propels Leafs past Majors

Photo by Craig Aikin

LONDON – An eight-run fifth inning propelled the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 13-10 win Friday night at Labatt Park in London.

Jordan Castaldo hit a two-run home run in the inning and Jose Vinicio had a three-run blast as the Leafs turned an 8-5 deficit into a 13-8 lead. Johnathan Solazzo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the fifth and three RBI. Dan Marra had three hits, an RBI and two runs, Greg Carrington went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, Justin Marra scored three times and Connor Lewis had two hits and a run.

Ryan Wells (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on three hits over 4.2 innings. He walked one and fanned five after entering the game for Dylan Jacober, who was pulled after three innings and allowed eight runs on 10 hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Adam Marra recorded the last four outs for the save. He didn’t allow a baserunner and struck out two.

Jakob Newton led London with three hits, three RBI and three runs, Austin Wilkie went 4-for-5 and scored three times, Cleveland Brownlee and Starling Joseph each drove in a run and Robert Mullen went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Pedro De Los Santos (1-3) took the loss after giving up 10 runs (four earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings, walking three and striking out three.

Toronto improved to 13-11, and London dropped to 16-6.