By PAUL GOTHAM
Leadoff hitter Andrew Stevenson doubled and reached base three times, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Rochester Red Wings fell to the Syracuse Mets 18-2 in International League action Tuesday night at NBT Stadium.
Syracuse sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored six runs off Wings’ starter Josh Rogers. Cameron Maybin led the frame with a single as six of the first seven Mets reached base. J.D. Davis brought home the first run with a double.
Rogers allowed nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. The left-hander struck out two and is 4-5 on the season.
Stevenson finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Adrián Sanchez went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Daniel Palka doubled and scored in the fourth. Rafael Bautista singled and scored the other Wings’ run in the seventh.
The Mets put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in the fourth and eighth innings scoring three runs to make it a 9-1 heading to the fifth and adding eight more runs in their final at-bat.
Rochester falls to 25-34 on the season.
The same two teams continue the series on Wednesday with a doubleheader. A 5:05 p.m. first pitch is scheduled.