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Homer carries Tides

Bobby Livingston tossed seven strong innings and Justin Christian clubbed a three-run homer to lead the Tides to a 5-1 win over Toledo Monday night at Harbor Park.

Livingston (1-0) was sharp all night, as he allowed one unearned run on six hits. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out four without walking a batter, and he’s now gone back-to-back starts without allowing an earned run, a stretch spanning 14.0 innings.

Ross Wolf and Chris Ray each tossed a scoreless inning for the Tides, who have now posted a 1.00 ERA during the current six-game homestand.

Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Joey Gathright ignited a two-out rally by reaching on an infield single. After Carlos Rojas reached on an error by Brent Dlugach, Christian belted an 0-1 offering from Ruddy Lugo (4-5) into the left field picnic area for his third homer of the season to give Norfolk a 3-1 lead.

The Tides added a run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Rojas and another in the eighth on back-to-back triples by Christian and Jeff Fiorentino.

Gathright finished with three singles for Norfolk, which improved to 15-4 against the IL West this season.

Tides finish homestand 2-5

Toledo jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 9-4 win over the Tides Tuesday afternoon.

The Mud Hens touched up Tides starter Chris Waters (6-3) for six runs on six hits in 2.2 innings of work, snapping Waters’ four-game winning streak. The 28-year-old southpaw surrendered a solo home run to Wilkin Ramirez leading off the game and a three-run homer to Will Rhymes in the third inning.

With the loss, Norfolk finished its homestand at 2-5.

The Tides offense was led by Jeff Fiorentino, who doubled twice and singled to lead Norfolk’s 10-hit attack. Jolbert Cabrera also added a two-run homer in the contest, his fourth homer of the season.

Norfolk will enjoy an off day Wednesday before traveling to Indianapolis to start an eight-game road trip Thursday night.

Upcoming schedule and promotions at Harbor Park

Friday, June 19

Lehigh Valley at Norfolk – 7:15 p.m.

Chick-fil-A Coupon Giveaway – The first 5,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich.

Boy Scout Night – The Tides welcome Boy Scout troops from around Hampton Roads. Those interested in participating should contact the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council for more information.

Saturday, June 20

Lehigh Valley at Norfolk – 7:15 p.m.

Birdzerk! – The hilarious mascot Birdzerk will perform.

Silver Diner Scratch and Win Cards – The first 4,000 fans will receive a Scratch and Win Card courtesy of Silver Diner.

Sunday, June 21

Lehigh Valley at Norfolk – 1:15 p.m.

Player Photo Giveaway – The first 5,000 fans will receive a Tides player photo.

Adult Post Game Base Run – At the conclusion of the game, the Tides invited both kids and parents to circle the bases at Harbor Park.

Lance Family Sunday – Buy one regular price ticket, get one free with three Lance product wrappers or a proof of purchase receipt for three Lance products from Kroger.