ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Red Wings banged out a season-high 10 runs and 18 hits in a 10-1 rout of the Gwinnett Braves on Monday night at Frontier Field in Rochester.
The G-Braves (26-19), however, maintain their three-game lead over Charlotte in the International League South as the Knights lost to Durham 3-2 in 10 innings in Durham.
The game, which was delayed at the start for 30 minutes because of rain, was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when with no one on and two outs, G-Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens gave up back-to-back singles to Wilkin Ramirez and Chris Parmelee. Danny Valencia followed with a three-run homer to left to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead heading to the fourth.
Rochester (19-25) added two more off of Jurrjens in the bottom of the fourth. Rene Tosoni led off with single to right, then Ray Chang reached first on interference by G-Braves catcher J.C. Boscan. They both then scored on a double to left center by Rene Rivera giving the Red Wings a 5-0 cushion after four.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jurrjens encountered more trouble. Valencia hammered a one-out double to right-center and scored on a triple to right by Matt Carson, and Carson scored on Tosoni’s third hit of the night, a single to right. The night was over for Jurrjens, and the Red Wings had a commanding 7-0 lead.
Trailing 7-0, the G-Braves’ only run came in the top of the seventh as Ernesto Mejia led off with his seventh homer of the season, this one to center field. The blast extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
However, the Red Wings picked up more in the bottom of that inning as Clete Thomas hit a two-run homer off of Gwinnett reliever Jaye Chapman to extend the lead to 9-1.
The final run of the 10-1 rout came in the bottom of the eighth. Parmelee singled, moved to second on a walk by Carson and scored on an infield single by Tosoni.
Jurrjens (2-2) went 4 1/3 innings while being tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, six earned. He walked one and struck out four. Buddy Carlyle replaced Jurrjens in the fifth and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits and one strikeout. Chapman gave up two earned runs and two hits in one inning of work while striking out two. Jason Rice worked the eighth inning giving up two hits, one run-earned and one walk.
Jeff Manship (4-1) got the win, going seven innings. He allowed only four hits, one run and one walk. He struck out six. Esmerling Vasquez pitched the final two innings with three strikeouts.
Only four players had hits for the G-Braves. Mejia with the seventh-inning homer, Christian Marrero, who poked a double, and Josh Wilson and Stefan Gartrell, who each had singles.
For the Red Wings, Tosoni went a career-best 5-for-5 with two RBIs. Valencia was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Rivera, Parmelee, Thomas and Pedro Florimon each had two hits.
The G-Braves and Red Wings conclude the four-game series in Rochester on Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. Right-hander Julio Teheran (3-2, 3.31 ERA) will pitch for the Braves. The Red Wings are scheduled to pitch right-hander Daryl Thompson (1-4, 4.42 ERA).