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Home run number three clinches Leaf win over London

Baycats face Leafs in Toronto at 2 p.m. today
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Knecht, Cicatello lead Leafs in London 

LONDON – Marcus Knecht's third home run of the season set the tone in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 6-4 win over the London Majors Friday night at Labatt Park. 

Knecht took Juliandry Higuera deep after Grant Tamane and Justin Marra reached base to start the game. Marra finished 3-for-5, Tamane singled and scored twice, Zach Orchard had two hits, an RBI and a run, and Damon Topolie went 3-for-4. 

Justin Cicatello (1-0) went 7.2 innings for the win, allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Marek Deska recorded the final four outs for his first save. He gave up one hit and picked up a strikeout. 

Ismael Pena drove in two of London's runs. Cleveland Brownlee and Mike Ambrose had the other RBIs. 

Higuera (1-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five. 
Toronto improved to 4-5, and London dropped to 2-6.

Miller shuts down Jackfish

HAMILTON – Clay Miller allowed an unearned run and struck out four to lead the Hamilton Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the visiting Welland Jackfish Friday night at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. 

Miller (1-0) scattered five hits over 7.1 innings and didn't issue a walk. Tanner Guindon picked up his first save, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out two around a walk and hit allowed. 

Offensively, Chris Beer and Jake Foden each had an RBI. Justin Gideon doubled once and scored twice, while Jon Dziomba had two hits and a run. 

Nate Mastervick scored Welland's lone run. 

Euclides Leyer (1-1) took the loss, yielding four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five. 

Each team is now 3-2. 

Future games: Saturday, June 1

London at Guelph, 1 p.m. 
Brantford at Kitchener, 2 p.m. 
Barrie at Welland, 7 p.m. 
Sunday, June 2
Welland at Brantford, 2 p.m. 
Guelph at Hamilton, 2 p.m. 
London at Kitchener, 2 p.m. 
Barrie at Toronto, 2 p.m.