By Josh Cook
First-inning fireworks were all t he Louisville Bats needed on the Fourth Of July.
They scored three runs in their first at-bat and rode that to a 4-2 win over host Indianapolis at Victory Field on Sunday night.
It was the third straight victory for Louisville (39-45), its longest winning streak since May 21-23 It was also the second win in three starts for starter Edinson Volquez as he continued his rehabilitation assignment with the Bats.
Volquez got all the run support he would need in the top of the first.
Gary Matthews Jr. started the game with a single off Indians starter Charlie Morton (1-3). He stole second before Zack Cozart walked. Both scored on Todd Frazier's one-out double to center field. Juan Francisco followed with an RBI-double of his own to make it 3-0.
Indianapolis (44-40) scored once in the second off Volquez on a pair of doubles.
The Bats made it 4-1 in the fifth when Cozart walked with one out, took second on Yonder Alonso's ground out, then scored when Frazier reached on a throwing error by Indy shortstop Doug Bernier.
The Indians answered with run in the bottom of the inning on Kevin Melillo's sacrifice fly, but that was the last run of the game.
Volquez (2-0) gave up two earned runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out four over five innings. Enerio Del Rosario provided two innings of hitless relief before Jared Burton gave up just one hit over the final two innings to notch his first save of the season.
Matthews and Ryan Hanigan, who is also continuing his rehab assignment, each went 2-for-4 to lead Louisville's seven-hit attack. Cozart went 0-for-2, but he also walked twice and scored two runs.
The Bats will try to continue their win-streak, while the Indians will attempt to end their six-game skid when the two teams meet in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. Monday.
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