A four-RBI night from Drew Turbin and a sparkling start from Peter Hendron was more than enough for the Eau Claire Express on Thursday night in a 9-1 win over the Rochester Honkers at Mayo Field in Rochester.

Turbin finished with three hits, including a three-run home run in the seventh inning that put the game away for good.

Brent Gibbs also had three hits for the Express, and Daniel Salters, Brian Mundell and Jeff Hendrix all had two hits.

Hendron (2-0) scattered four hits over seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five. He bounced back after giving up eight hits in five innings in his previous outing last week in Thunder Bay.

Turbin got the Express on the board in the second with an RBI single and later scored on an RBI single by Brent Gibbs.

After the Honkers got on the board in the third inning, the Express added to the lead in the fourth when Hendrix doubled in Mundell to make it 3-1.

Brady Burzynski scored in the fifth on a double by Peter Van Gansen, who later scored on a single by Salters.

Singles by Salters and Mundell set up Turbin’s home run in the seventh and Lane Milligan capped the scoring for Eau Claire with an RBI single later in the inning.

Matt Panek didn’t allow a hit in two innings of relief.

The win puts the first-place Express (10-5) two games clear of Willmar in the loss column.


Express 9, Honkers 1

EAU CLAIRE (9)

Peter Van Gansen, ss, 5-1-1-1; Lane Milligan, rf, 6-0-1-1; Daniel Salters, dh, 4-1-2-1; Hermann, 3b, 4-0-0-0; Brian Mundell, 1b, 3-3-2-0; Drew Turbin, 2b, 4-2-3-4; Jeff Hendrix, cf, 4-1-2-1, Brent Gibbs, c, 5-0-3-1; Brady Burzynski, lf, 3-1-0-0. Totals 38-9-14-9.

ROCHESTER (1)

Ryan Boldt, cf, 3-0-0-0; Corey Hassel, rf, 3-1-1-0; John Schuknecht, 3b, 3-0-1-1; Jeff Campbell, dh, 4-0-0-0; Reid Roper, 2b, 4-0-1-0; Blaise Lezynski, 1b, 4-0-0-0; Parker Guinn, c, 3-0-1-0; Jordan Smith, lf, 3-0-0-0; Ryne Roper, ss, 3-0-0-0. Totals 30-1-4-1.

Eau Claire 020 120 400 — 9 14 0

Rochester 001 000 000 — 1 4 0

LOB — Eau Claire 11, Rochester 5. 2B — Van Gansen, Mundell, Hendrix. 3B — Schuknecht. HR — Turbin. SB — Burzynski, Hassel.

Eau Claire IP H R ER BB SO

Peter Hendron, W 7 4 1 1 0 5

Matt Panek 2 0 0 0 2 1

Rochester

Logan Spitzack, L 4 2/3 6 5 5 3 2

Brandon Stennis 1 1/3 1 0 0 1 0

Max Weinstein 2/3 5 4 4 1 0

Spencer Greer 1 1/3 2 0 0 1 2

Nick Highberger 1 0 0 0 0 2

WP — Spitzack. HBP — Burzynski (by Spitzack), Schuknecht (by Hendron).