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Nick Gordon‘s first Triple-A homer came at a VERY opportune time for the Red Wings.
Down to their final strike, Gordon capped a four-run final frame with a three-run homer that sent the Wings to a 7-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs in the nightcap and a sweep of the doubleheader.
For Rochester (38-38) it is their first twin bill sweep of the season in seven attempts.
But it didn’t come easy. After Kennys Vargas‘ team-leading ninth homer of the season gave the Wings a 1-0 lead, the Chiefs would respond with five unanswered runs to take a 5-1 lead after four innings.
The Red Wings cut that deficit in half with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth from catcher Juan Graterol — who was making his debut with the Wings.
Gregorio Petit and Graterol reinvigorated the rally with back-to-back one-out singles. Byron Buxton then struck out setting the stage for Gordon who drove a 2-2 offering from Wander Suero over the right field wall giving Rochester the 7-5 win.
The Wings took the opener 2-1 behind a strong start from Fernando Romero who allowed just the one run on six hits in six innings to earn his first Triple-A victory.
Gordon and Leonardo Reginatto each collected RBI singles in the victory.
Rehabbing Twins infielder Jorge Polanco picked up four hits over the two games.
The Wings open a three-game homestand against the first place Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night at Frontier Field. Southpaw Stephen Gonsalves (5-3, 4.56) gets the nod in the opener for Rochester.