Kernels finally break out offensively in 8-4 win at South Bend

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Cedar Rapids Kernels finally must have taken off the lids someone must have placed on the bat rack.

The Kernels finally broke out offensively, getting a three-run home run from Amaurys Minier Sunday afternoon in an 8-4 win over South Bend in Midwest League baseball.

Cedar Rapids (50-44, 12-13 second half) broke a five-game losing streak with the win. The Kernels were shut out in four of those five defeats and had just two runs in the other.

The club had a total of 15 hits in those five games. They had seven Sunday, scoring three times in the top of the first inning and four in the third.

Travis Blankenhorn scored twice and had a pair of RBIs for the Kernels. Hank Morrison also had a run-scoring hit and scored a run.

Anthony Marzi improved to 3-0 in his three starts since having his contract acquired by the parent Minnesota Twins from New Britiain in the independent Atlantic League. He went the first six innings, allowing six hits and two runs, striking out four.

The teams play the final game of their three-game series Monday.

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