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Wings Fall Apart In Ninth

Pawtucket breaks 2-2 tie with six runs in final inning

The Pawtucket Red Sox scored six runs in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, and defeated the Red Wings 8-2 Monday night at Frontier Field. 

Rochester starter Liam Hendriks gave up a lead off hit to Jackie Bradley Jr., then retired the next five PawSox batters in a row to start the game. In the third inning, Pawtucket loaded the bases with no outs and Bradley Jr. hit a single to score the first two runs of the game. The Red Sox had men on second and third with no outs, and Hendriks pitched out of the jam without giving up any more runs.

Evan Bigley had two hits for the Wings, but Rochester couldn't get anything going against Pawtucket starter Terry Doyle, who didn't allow a hit through the first four innings.

Rochester got its first scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth. Bigley got the team's first hit with two outs, followed by a Ray Olmedo walk to give the Wings runners on first and second. But a ground out by Eric Farris ended the inning.

Mike O'Connor came in for relief in the top of the sixth with two outs replacing Hendriks. Hendriks pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out five, allowing eight hits and two runs.

The Wings cut into the PawSox lead in the bottom of the sixth when Chris Herrmann started off the inning with a double. Following a fly out, Chris Colabello walked to give the Wings runners on first and second with one out. Jeff Clement singled to score Herrmann from second to make the score 2-1.

Joe Benson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Bigley singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Oscar Villarreal came in to pitch to Olmedo, who bunted over the runners. Farris grounded out, and Benson was able to score on the play to tie the game at 2-2.

Tim Wood came into the top of the eighth reliving O'Connor, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two and giving up two hits. Wood, in his second outing as part of his rehab assignment here, allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in an inning of work.

Brandon Boggs singled off Villareal to open the bottom of the eighth. Trailing 0-2 in the count, Colabello fought back to a 2-2 count before lining a ball to left field; Pawtucket's Mitch Maier made a diving attempt at the catch, but the umpire ruled the ball was trapped. With runners at first and second, Clement grounded to first base on the first pitch he saw from Villareal; first baseman Brandon Snyder threw across the diamond to force out Boggs at third base, leaving runners at first and second again. Villareal struck out Brian Dinkelman swinging for the second out, and when Benson followed by flying out to center, the Wings had failed to capitalize again on a good scoring opportunity.

Anthony Slama took the mound for the ninth inning, and gave up a lead off hit to Jose Iglesias. Drew Sutton's double scored Iglesias to put the PawSox ahead. Ryan Lavarnway singled to plate two more runs, giving the PawSox 5-2 lead. Slama left the game after facing Lavarnway, after meeting with Wings manager Gene Glynn and trainer Larry Bennese. Daniel Turpen took over for Slama, and Pawtucket tacked on three more runs before the third out.

The Wings head to Syracuse for a four-game series beginning Tuesday night. The team returns home to host Buffalo on Saturday, April 27.

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