ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Sooner or later Rochester was going to beat the RailRiders.
Unfortunately for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, that came on Saturday night at Frontier Field as the Red Wings spoiled a strong start from Nik Turley in picking up a 5-2 win snapping SWB’s three-game winning streak.
Rochester, which had won 10 of 11 against the RailRiders before SWB swept a three-game series at PNC Field, got to the RailRiders bullpen for four runs in the bottom of the eighth as Pedro Florimon scored on a wild pitch by Francisco Rondon to tie the score at 2-2 before Chris Rahl doubled in a run and Dan Rohlfing smacked a two-run shot off Rondon (3-1) putting the score out of reach. In the eighth, Rondon allowed three runs on four hits, walked one and threw a wild pitch while recording just one out.
The Red Wings got to lefty Turley in the bottom of the first when Deibinson Romero doubled to score Eric Farris for a 1-0 lead with one out in the first.
But after that, Turley turned in a solid outing tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames allowing just two more hits, while walking four in his 5 2/3 innings of work. The 24-year-old had his best start as a RailRider by far. In his previous three starts, the longest he lasted in a game was 4 1/3 innings. But in that start against Syracuse — which was his first at Triple-A this season — he gave up three runs.
Once Turley walked Wilkin Ramirez with two outs in the sixth, he was lifted in favor of Danny Burawa, who issued two walks before getting out of the inning.
Dan Fiorito (1 for 4) got the RailRiders on the board and tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fifth when he hit a double over centerfielder Chris Rahl, who was cheating in on the play. Fiorito took advantage to drive in Taylor Dugas (2 for 4) to equal the score at 1-1.
The RailRiders took the lead in the top of the seventh when Carmen Angelini (1 for 3) laced a broken-bat, bloop single to right field scoring Austin Romine (1 for 3) for a 2-1 lead.
Rob Refsnyder added a 2 for 3 night for the RailRiders.