The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, topped the Rochester Red Wings, 1-0, on Saturday night. Chris Rahl's first-inning sacrifice fly held up for the game's lone run, as right-hander Tanner Roark and two Syracuse relievers combined on a three-hit shutout.
Syracuse (32-49) got on the board early in the top of the first. After a leadoff single from Will Rhymes, Danny Espinosa launched a double off of the left-field wall. The next batter, Rahl, hit a fly ball to right field that drove home Rhymes for a sacrifice fly.
The one run was all the Chiefs needed as the pitching staff combined for nine shutout innings. Roark hurled six innings of two-hit baseball, extending his scoreless-innings streak to 16 consecutive frames. Left-hander Tyler Robertson followed with a perfect seventh before Mike Broadway concluded the game by picking up a two-inning save, striking out two.
Rochester (41-43) starter Pedro Hernandez went the distance in an eight-inning complete game, but received no run support from the Red Wings' bats.The Chiefs and Red Wings play the second game of a four-game series Sunday at 5:00 at NBT Bank Stadium. Syracuse sends right-hander Caleb Clay to the mound against Rochester right-hander Liam Hendriks.