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Jordany Valdespin scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning and Sean Poppenwon in his Triple-A debut as the Rochester Red Wings snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over the Syracuse Mets Wednesday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium.
Poppen (1-0) received early run support before he even threw a pitch as Wilin Rosario hit an opposite field two-run home run with two outs off of former Wing Hector Santiago (0-1) to give the Red Wings (2-5) a 2-0 advantage. The Mets (5-2) scored a run in the first and second innings to tie the game at two.
Santiago would settle in and retired 13 in a row after the home run before Valdespin led off the sixth with an infield single. John Andreoli followed with a line drive single off Santiago’s left leg. Santiago would depart with a trainer and former Wing Ryan O’Rourke entered. After a double play, Valdespin scored on a wild pitch for a 3-2 lead.
Syracuse only tallied two hits after the second frame, one of which was a wind-aided double in the fourth. Poppen allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Rochester scored five runs on three hits, two walks, and one huge error in the ninth inning to cap an 8-2 victory. Austin Adams earned his first save of the season with 1.2 scoreless innings. Adams and Preston Guilmet combined to toss 4.0 hitless relief innings for the Red Wings.
The Wings return to Frontier Field on Thursday night to open thier 2019 home slate against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.