By JONATHAN SKUZA
Rochester defeated the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Railriders 3-1 Thursday evening to end its eight-game losing streak.
The Red Wings were led by solid pitching. Cade Cavalli pitched five strong innings giving up the only run and recording four strikeouts. Patrick Murphy struck out two and earned the win with an inning and two-thirds of work. Tyler Clippard struck out two batters in an inning and a third of work and Jordan Weems closed the game out for Rochester picking up his seventh save.
The Red Wing offense woke up late in the game after recording their first hit in the sixth inning. Cole Freeman got the first hit for Rochester and then stole his seventh base of the season. Andrew Stevenson singled and moved Freeman to third. Stevenson then stole second base for his 17th stolen base of the year. Adrian Sanchez grounded out which tied the game at one for the Red Wings.
Rochester took the lead in the seventh inning and never looked back. Taylor Gushue walked on four pitches with one out in the inning. Ildemaro Vargas followed with a two-run home run to put the Red Wings up 3-1 in the top of the inning.
The lone Railrider run was driven in by Ronald Guzman in the fourth inning. Guzman drove in Derek Dietrich who singled earlier in the inning. He was able to get into scoring position after Greg Bird hit a single and Jose Peraza caused a force out.
Rochester still sits a half-game back of first place in the IL East Division. The Buffalo Bisons defeated the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to maintain their lead in the division.
Rochester will look to build on its momentum and make it two in a row Friday as they play game four of the series against Scranton Wilkes/Barre at 6:35.