By PAUL CIFONELLI
The Rochester Red Wings, who were down 4-3 in the sixth inning of the final game of a 2-5 road trip, needed to mount a comeback to head home on a high note. The Wings did that and more, plating seven runs in the inning to come away with a 10-7 victory and take sole possession of second place in the 2005 International League East.
Garrett Jones, who had 72 RBI on the season, knocked in the game-tying run with a single. Terry Tiffee had two hits in the inning, with one scoring a run. Jason Bartlett hit a two-run double and Luis Rivas and Chris Heintz both had RBI singles. The seventh run of the scored on a passed ball.
The big sixth put Rochester up 10-4, but the game was far from over. Charlotte scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and Jorge Toca smashed a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to make it a three-run contest. Travis Bowyer, who allowed the home run to Toca, struck out Leo Daigle, the tying run, to end the game.
Bartlett drove in Rochester’s first run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. In the top of the fifth, when the Red Wings were down 4-1, Heintz hit a solo homer and Augie Ojeda had an RBI single to set up the sixth-inning barrage.
The Red Wings collected 19 hits in the game, with Jason Tyner, Rivas, Heintz and Tiffee all notching three apiece. Ojeda and Todd Dunwoody each pitched in two hits.
E- Aceves DP- Rochester LOB- Rochester 10, Charlotte 9 2B- Tyner, Bartlett HR- Heintz, Aceves, Toca SB- Ojeda, Dunwoody SF- Bartlett
Rochester 1 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 0- 10
Charlotte 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2- 7
|Dave Gassner W(7-6)||6||9||4||4||2||4|
|Felix Diaz L(3-5)||5||9||5||4||0||4|
HBP- Martinez (by Gassner) Time- 3:10 Attendance- 4,866
Also on this day: Rochester swept a double header against the Maine Guides in Maine to put them eight games over .500 and within a game of first place Tidewater in the International League standings in 1986. Eric Bell and Bill Swaggerty both pitched complete games in the sweep.