The Rochester Red Wings scored five runs in the first inning, and then hung on to a 8-6 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night at Frontier Field. Despite the loss the PawSox remain two games on top of Lehigh Valley in the I.L. North Division with five games to play. The PawSox’ magic number to claim a play-off spot is three.
The Red Wings got off to the hot start off PawSox starter Greg Smith (4-4). The big hit in the five run first was a three run homer to right by Rochester RF Brian Dinkelman.
The PawSox had the help of Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis and OF J.D. Drew who are with the club on rehab assignments. Drew finished the day 3 for 3 with three singles. Youkilis went 1 for 4 with a walk.
Down 6-0 the PawSox scored four times in the fifth. With one out Drew singled and Youkilis walked. Ryan Lavarnway then drove a two run double to center. Daniel Nava then drove in Lavarnway with a double of his own. Nava scored one batter later on a RBI single by Lars Anderson.
A Nava triple and Anderson sacrifice fly drove in a run in the seventh. A double play by Lavarnway in the ninth resulted in the sixth Pawtucket run to score in the ninth.
Smith gave up a total of six runs on six hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The finale of the two game series, and the final regular season road game for the PawSox is tonight at 7:05p.m. Kyle Weiland (8-9, 3.46 ERA) will start for the PawSox. He faces Liam Hendriks (3-4, 5.23 ERA) for Rochester.