By CARSON WERNER
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After tying the game in the bottom of the ninth for the Rochester Red Wings, Zander Wiel stood as the game-winning run on third with no outs. Eighteen pitches later Geoff Hartlieb picked up three consecutive strike outs, stranded Wiel at third and allowed the Indianapolis Indians to steal the game in extras, 7-6.
Down by one, Wilin Rosario led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The next batter, Wiel, doubled in Rosario and advanced to third on an errant throw. Despite blowing the save, Geoff Hartlieb earned the win in the tenth, setting down the Red Wings in order. He finished with five strike outs over two innings thrown.
The Red Wings snagged a brief lead in the fifth but couldn’t slow the Indians’ middle-inning offense.
Indianapolis scored two runs in the fifth on a walk and three singles off Kohl Stewart. The Wings starter gave up four earned runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings.
Indianapolis tied the game in the sixth on two wild pitches from reliever Fernando Romero. Following three straight innings of Indian tallies, Cody Allen struck out two over two perfect innings of relief.
To start the second Stewart retired the next seven batters on 19 pitches. Kevin Kramer ended the streak with his seventh home run of the year on a 2-0 count.
Jake Cave went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his first game with the Wings after being called up by the Minnesota Twins on July 5th. Ronald Torreyes had a hit and Alejandro De Aza scored his ninth run in ten games for the Red Wings. Davis was the only Red Wing to have a multi-hit day, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. The Wings right fielder has 11 hits in his last five game. Six of those knocks have been for extra bases.
The rubber match between Rochester and Indianapolis will take place on Sunday, at 1:05 p.m.