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BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET

Lynx 9, Indians 4

The Lynx celebrated two things yesterday -- Canada Day and a big victory.

Decked out in their festive duds designed specifically for Canada's 138th birthday, the Lynx delivered a 9-4 pounding of Indianapolis in front of 3,580 fans at Lynx Stadium.

Alejandro Freire's grand slam off reliever Brian Mallette in the bottom of seventh inning easily cleared the left-field fence as Ottawa took 3-of-4 against the Indians.

It was also the first grand slam at the park since Rob Sasser did it for the Lynx against Buffalo on April 22, 2003.

"Hitting is contagious and we're doing a lot of that right now," said Freire.

"I've been leaving a lot of people on base and when I got the opportunity I just wanted to hit the ball in the air and make sure we got some runs. The wind may have helped a little bit, but I'll take it."

Freire wasn't the one to go deep for the Lynx, who had 50 hits and scored 34 runs in this series. Midre Cumming's hit a two-run shot to right to tie it 2-2 in the first inning and Napoleon Calzado homered off the foul pole to start the second.

MAINE SCRATCHED

John Maine was originally scheduled to take the mound for Ottawa, but was pulled at the last minute and replaced Brian McNichol, who made his fourth start of the year.

After pitcher Bruce Chen suffered a hyperextended left big toe, the Baltimore Orioles asked the Lynx not to use Maine in case they decided to promote the veteran.

McNichol scattered four hits, two runs, two walks and a strikeout before leaving with the bases loaded and one out into the fourth inning,

Andy Mitchell (6-0) took over and went 51/3 innings in picking up his sixth win of the season.

"I didn't say much to these guys when I came in (yesterday)," said manager Dave Trembley. "I just posted the lineup and these guys went to work. It started with pitching and we had some good hitting. We were able to get the job done."


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