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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre dealt Gwinnet its 13th straight loss and won for the second time on the current eight-game homestand with a 5-3 win on Friday.

RailRiders at the plate: Curtis Granderson hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as part of his 1-for-5 performance. Melky Mesa had three hits, while Corban Joseph, Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier and Dan Johnson all had two hits as the RailRiders had a season-high 14 hits at home.

RailRiders on the mound: Chris Bootcheck went the first six innings but took the no-decision. He gave up a three-run home run as the first three batters of the game reached, but faced just one over the minimum the rest of the way. Dellin Betances, who just moved to bullpen, relieved Bootcheck going 2 1/3 innings picking up the win. Sam Demel earned the save getting the last two outs in the ninth.

Attendance: 6,011

Time of Game: 2:47

Riding the Rails: New York general manager Brian Cashman told several media outlets on Friday that Dellin Betances had been shifted to the RailRiders bullpen. Betances made six starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with two of his last three starts being on the right track, including five hitless innings in his last start. But for the season, he has a 6.00 ERA and a 2-2 record…On Thursday, the RailRiders’ transaction log originally stated that lefty Juan Cedeno had been placed on the disabled list. Shortly afterward, the team announced that the pitcher had been granted his release…New York acquired infielder Alberto Gonzalez from the Cubs on Friday and assigned the 30-year-old to the RailRiders. He did not play in Friday’s game.

All-Star Weekend: Atlanta’s rehabbing outfielder Jason Heyward did not play on Friday night due to soreness. He is expected to play tonight either in the outfield or as DH. New York’s Curtis Granderson, is expected to continue his rehab stint at PNC Field through the weekend.

Running the bases: after the top of the third inning, the RailRiders’ and Allied Rehab Services’ Home Run for Rehab program kicked off with 13-year-old Ralphie Morris running the bases showing the progress he made after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in 2007. Before circling the bases, he slapped hands on the first base line with the umpires and Braves players, who were lined up. When rounding third, he got to do the same thing to RailRiders players then received a certificate from SWB manager Dave Miley. He also received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.

Today’s Game: 7:05 p.m. versus the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of Atlanta.

Today’s Probables: RailRiders’ RHP Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 2.63) vs. Braves RHP Omar Poveda (2-2, 2.33)

On Deck: The four-game set with Gwinnett continues Sunday afternoon and wraps up Monday night before SWB heads out on the road again.

On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM

TV: Tonight’s game will be telecast live by My Network, WQMY.

How They Scored

GWINNETT FIRST: Tyler Pastornicky singled and stole second. Alden Corrithers singled with Pastornicky moving to third. Joey Terdoslavich hit a three-run home run. Ernesto Mejia walked. Brandon Boggs grounded into a double play. Todd Cunningham popped out. BRAVES 3-0

RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Melky Mesa singled. Addison Maruszak doubled to score Mesa. Jeff Farnham walked. Corban Joseph reached on a fielder’s choice, Maruszak out at third. Curtis Granderson struck out. Runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Zoilo Almonte singled driving in Farnham and Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. TIED 3-3

RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Jeff Farnham grounded out. Corban Joseph singled. Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run. Zoilo Almonte flied out. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. RAILRIDERS 5-3



MOOSIC — A large crowd gathered at PNC Field on Friday night to see Curtis Granderson.


The 6,011 fans certainly got their money’s worth. New York’s rehabbing outfielder crushed a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, lifting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 5-3 win over Gwinnett.


Granderson, who had just one hit and didn’t get anything out of the infield in his previous seven at bats in two games with the RailRiders, crushed a 3-1 pitch from Gwinnett right-hander Andrew Russell and deposited it over the wall in left-center as heavy rains blasted the field the last three innings.


Granderson, who had the 3-0 green light in the at-bat , finished the game 1-for-5 with three groundouts and a strikeout. He also played eight innings in left field a day after playing in right.


“The big thing is I was able to put a good swing on it and get the ball out of the infield for the first time,” Granderson said. “It ended up going out. I didn’t think it was and it ended up helping us win the ball game.”


The RailRiders snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Braves their 13th loss in a row, their longest streak since dropping 15 in a row last June.


When the game started though it appeared that the Braves would be in cruise control to break the losing streak. RailRiders’ starter Chris Bootcheck, entered the game with the best ERA in the International League with 0.60 allowing just two runs in 30 innings, gave up more than that in the first inning.


He was the recipient of some perfectly placed hits. Tyler Pastornicky hit a bloop single to right. Alden Carrithers followed with a bunt single in between the mound and first base. That set up a booming home run to right field by Joey Terdoslavich, his seventh of the season to give the Braves a quick 3-0 lead before an out was recorded.


“The first batter I thought I made a pretty good pitch two strikes but I wasn’t going to sneak another fastball by him after that point,” Bootcheck said. “That’s probably my fault on the bunt. We practice that. I should’ve yelled to (first baseman) Dave (Adams) that I had it. Then I tried to flip it to him and it was a bang-bang play. Just one of those things that happens.”


After allowing the home run, though, Bootcheck pitched like he has to date, facing the minimum number of batters through the fifth. He did allow baserunners in that stretch, but a walk turned into a double play. And even after Ernesto Mejia doubled, he was picked off.


A single allowed to Terdoslavich in the top of the sixth wasn’t erased, but Bootcheck still faced just 19 batters after the first three hitters of the game by Gwinnett reached in the game facing just one over the minimum in that time.


Terdoslavich then made one of the plays of the game in the bottom of the first when the RailRiders strung together four hits. But they were held scoreless in the frame because the right fielder nailed Zoilo Almonte at the plate trying to score from second on a single by Dan Johnson with two outs.


After having several opportunities in the first three innings, the RailRiders finally came through in the bottom of the fourth taking advantage of three hits in the inning. Zoilo Almonte had a two-out single driving in two to even the score at 3-3. Addison Maruszak nailed a run-scoring double for the team’s first run.


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