Berrios tosses gem, Wings top Bisons in extras

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Jose Berrios allowed one unearned run on four hits with six strikeouts over eight innings and Bengie Gonzalez drew a bases loaded walk in the 10th inning as the Rochester Red Wings beat the Buffalo Bisons 2-1 Thursday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.

Berrios threw just 20 of his 84 pitches outside of the strike zone and didn’t go to a three-ball count to any batter he faced.

Matt Hague gave the Red Wings (5-2) a 1-0 lead in the 4th on his first home run of the season off Buffalo starter Jarrett Grube.

The lone run Berrios surrendered came in the 5th as the Bisons (5-2) opened the inning with back-to-back singles, the second of which included an error that put runners at the corners. A sacrifice fly by Christian Lopes tied the game.

Grube allowed one run on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings. Like Berrios, he did not factor into the decision.

Alex Wimmers (1-0) pitched around a two-out double in the 9th inning to send the game to extras. Bisons reliever Danny Barnes (0-1) retired the first eight batters he faced after entering with two outs in the 7th but the Wings got to him with one out in the 10th.

Ben Paulsen singled to right and J.B. Shuck entered as a pinch-runner. Leonardo Reginatto smashed a ball down the left-field line that would have gone for extra bases but the ball hit third base umpire Nic Lentz and stayed in the infield. With runners at first and second, Buffalo brought in John Stilson. John Ryan Murphy drew a four-pitch walk and Gonzalez walked to drive in the go-ahead run after falling behind 0-2.

Wimmers tossed a 1-2-3 bottom half of the 10th to secure the victory.

The two teams combined for just nine hits in 66 at-bats. Reginatto was the lone Wing with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4.

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Next up: Rochester opens the 2017 home schedule with the Home Opener on Friday, April 14 vs. Syracuse (Nationals) at 1:35 p.m. RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0, 3.60) starts for the Red Wings.

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