ROCHESTER, N.Y. —A rocky first inning doomed Dellin Betances again.
For the second straight start, the big right-hander gave up multiple runs in the first frame and that led to the Rochester Red Wings snapping a seven-game losing streak, beating the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5-4 on Thursday.
Betances, who was pitching on three-days rest after lasting just 2/3 of an inning on Sunday when he allowed six earned runs, allowed four runs in the bottom of the first inning as the first four Red Wings batters all scored.
The big blast came off the bat of Chris Colabello, who clubbed a two-run home run to put Rochester ahead 4-1. It was Colabello’s fifth longball of the season.
Betances (0-2) settled down a little after that, allowing just one run in the bottom of the third when a run scored on an error. But on the night, he was shaky overall, lasting just four innings and giving up five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four and uncorking a wild pitch. His ERA did drop t0 13.50 for the season.
The RailRiders, who dropped to 5-7 on the season, had their offense working again on Thursday as they piled up 12 hits in the loss and hit two home runs. Five hitters in the lineup had at least two hits. Melky Mesa led the way, going 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season. All three of Mesa’s homers have come against Rochester relievers.
Trailing 5-1 after three innings, the RailRiders began to chip away. They got one back in the top of the fifth when Dan Johnson got a run in on a sacrifice fly.
SWB, which still posted a winning road trip at 4-2, got closer on Mesa’s blast in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-3. David Adams (2-for-4) hit a solo shot in the top of the ninth. His first homer pulled the RailRiders within one. But that’s all the team got in the frame.
Johnson (2-for-5) laced a run-scoring single in the top of the first for the RailRiders to put them ahead 1-0. Corban Joseph and Thomas Neal also had two hits for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.