NORFOLK, VA-Ivan De Jesus' eighth inning grand slam highlighted a 15-hit attack as the Tides completed a four-game sweep of Toledo with an 11-4 win Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park.
De Jesus, who had connected on an RBI double in the fourth inning, belted a two-out, opposite field shot off of former Tide Daniel Schlereth for Norfolk's second grand slam of the season. Every batter hit safely and five different players drove in a run for Norfolk, which improved to 18-2 against Toledo over the last three seasons.
The four-game sweep was Norfolk's first of 2014 and was the first for the Tides since they swept a four-game series from the Mud Hens at Harbor Park in April of 2013. The Tides (48-58) have now won four consecutive series to move within 10 games of the .500 mark for the first time since June 8.
Josh Stinson (1-4) picked up his first win of the season after allowing four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work. He yielded a solo home run to Tyler Collins in the second inning and a two-run shot to Mike Hessman in the fourth before having an inherited runner come around to score in the sixth. Stinson walked one and struck out four as he threw 50 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
After Clay Rapada got two outs in the sixth, Brock Huntzinger worked two shutout innings to continue his recent hot stretch. Over his last 11 outings, Huntzinger has now gone 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA (2 ER, 21.2 IP) as he's held opposing batters to a .118 average (9-76) with 20 strikeouts over that span.
Christian Walker had three singles in the win, upping his average to .370 through eight games with the Tides. Dariel Alvarez and Xavier Paul each added two hits and two RBI apiece.