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Pitching carries Huskies to fourth straight win

Five pitchers combined to allow just one hit as the Duluth Huskies beat the Mankato MoonDogs 3-0 for their season-long fourth-straight victory on Thursday night before 1,594 at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minn.

A.J. McElderry (3-0) got the start on the mound for the Huskies and allowed just one hit in six innings, a first-inning single to Tanner Rockwell. After McElderry, it was by committee on the mound for Duluth, with Steve Villines closing it out for his fifth save of the season.

It was the Huskies’ first shutout since a 4-0 victory over Willmar on July 15 and helped them stay 2½ games back in the log-jammed second-half standings behind North Division leader Waterloo (17-11), a 4-3 winner over St. Cloud on Thursday.

Trent Chatterton provided all the runs Duluth would need with a two-run single in the fourth. Chatterton and Alex Greene paced the Huskies with two hits apiece. Duluth (14-13) had 10 hits but left 12 runners on base. Mankato (14-13) had four walks but stranded five base runners and struck out six times.

The same teams play a rematch at 7:05 p.m. today in Mankato.