The Winnipeg Goldeyes (14-14) defeated the Milwaukee Milkmen 8-1 at Franklin Field Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Goldeyes took their fifth series out of the past six and evened their record at .500 for the first time this season.

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Joey Matulovich (W, 4-0) went the distance for Winnipeg and struck out 14 – the most of any pitcher in the American Association this season. The right-hander allowed one run on just six hits. He lowered his earned run average to a stingy 2.03.

The game was scoreless through five innings, with the Goldeyes taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth on centre fielder Miles Simington’s two-out solo home run to right field, his third of the campaign. Simington finished a double short of the cycle.

Winnipeg added a run in the eighth when right fielder Max Murphy smacked a home run to right. It was his seventh round-tripper of the season, and it extended his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games, also a season-high in the league.

The Goldeyes added some insurance runs and more in the top of the ninth, scoring six times to take an 8-0 lead. Ramón Bramasco, Rob Emery, and Simington each had run-scoring singles, Murphy drove in one with a ground-rule double, Jake McMurray brought a run home with a sacrifice fly, and Keshawn Lynch crossed the plate as the result of a rare obstruction call.

Matulovich’s shutout bid was spoiled with two-out in the ninth on left fielder Armani Smith’s single to left field that scored catcher Oscar Santos.

Starter Sebastián Rodríguez (L, 1-1) worked 6.2 innings for the Milkmen (15-12). He surrendered one run on only four hits and struck out five.

The Goldeyes now make an approximately two-hour drive to Geneva, Illinois where they will begin a three-game series with the Kane County Cougars Monday at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Winnipeg will send Landen Bourassa (1-2, 3.72 ERA) to the hill while Kane County is expected to start fellow righty Nick Belzer (3-0, 2.00 ERA) in what will be a rematch of last Tuesday’s contest that was won 1-0 by the Cougars.

Winnipeg returns home to Blue Cross Park Friday, June 14 when they will host the Sioux City Explorers at 7:00 p.m.