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Lake Monsters widen lead

Matt Curry was 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, homer and four RBI for State College (13-11), while Kelson Brown was 4-for-6 with one run, a double and two RBI. Adalberto Santo was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and three RBI, while Gift Ngoepe and Kyle Saukko both had two hits and three runs.

The loss was the fourth straight suffered by Vermont at State College, dating back to 9-6 and 12-0 losses to the Spikes at Medlar Field July 3-4, 2008. With losses in the first two of the three-game series, Vermont will lose its first series of the season after winning seven and splitting a two-game series.

Blke Kelso and David Freitas both had two of Vermont's six hits in the game, while the Lake Monsters scored their two runs on a bases loaded in the first inning and a Justin Miller RBI infield single in the 9th.

After the back-to-back losses the Vermont Lake Monsters got back in the win column July 13 as Colin Bates and Shane McCatty both tossed four strong innings, while Russell Moldenhauer added a two-run double in a 3-1 victory over the Spikes in the final game of their three game set.

Vermont got its first run in the top of the first as Hendry Jimenez tripled with one out and scored on a Stephen King sacrifice fly. Jimenez's triple was just the second of the season for the Lake Monsters and the first since Ronnie LaBrie tripled on June 22.

Bates got the start for Vermont and allowed three hits with one walk and two strikeouts over the first four innings. Two of those hits were two-out singles in the first and the other a two-out single in the second. McCatty (2-1) took over in the fifth, allowing one run on four hits in his four innings for the win.

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