By DONOVAN MOFFAT
MOOSIC, P.A. – Starting pitcher Lewis Thorpe surrendered just two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings to lead the Rochester Red Wings (43-43) to victory in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night as the Wings split (4-2/6-7) in International League action.
After giving up back-to-back hits in the first inning, Thorpe retired the next eight batters, four by strikeout and set down eight on strikes for the night .
The left-hander, who made his MLB debut on June 30, improved to 4-4 with the Wings this season.
International League All-Star selection Brent Rooker paced the Wings early. Rooker went 2-for-4 with two RBI with his only two hits coming in his first two at-bats. Lacing his 15th and 16th doubles of the season in the first and third innings respectively, the Wings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.
Jaylin Davis recorded a hit and plated the game-winning RBI with a single in the fifth inning.
Ryan Eades picked up his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh with two strikeouts.
LaMonte Wade went 2-for-2 with the game-winning run in the fifth. Gordon and Ronald Torreyes also put up a hit on the board and each had a run.
It was a pitcher’s duel headed into the top of the seventh inning of the second game of the double header and a tie game as both pitching staffs held their opponents to just three hits apiece.
After putting up two runs in the top of the seventh and three in the top of the eighth, the Wings were unable to hold the lead in both innings.
Torreyes led the way for the Wings and went 3-for-4 in the nightcap with two RBI that plated the first run of the game after an RBI single to center and a go-ahead single in the seventh.
Davis delivered with a two-run blast in the eighth inning for the Wings for his seventh long ball of the year. Davis went 2-for-4 and has recorded a hit in six straight games.
First pitch for game four of the series is scheduled for 6:35 on Saturday night.