COLUMBUS, OHIO - Chun-Hsiu Chen singled home pinch runner Matt Lawson with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Columbus rallied from an early four-run deficit to sting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-5.
The Columbus rally began against RailRiders reliever Josh Spence, who entered the game in the bottom of the 10th inning but failed to get an out.
Matt LaPorta started the inning with a sharp single to center, and Lawson replaced him as a pinch runner. Lonnie Chisenhall then beat out a bunt single, putting two runners on base with nobody out.
Chen then laced the winning single to left field in front of RailRiders outfielder Zoilo Almonte, bringing home Lawson to end the game.
That wasn’t the first time Chen did some damage to the RailRiders.
His home run in the fourth inning off RailRiders starter Chris Bootcheck gave Columbus its first run of the night and cut Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s lead to 4-1.
That was only the beginning of a big Columbus comeback.
The RailRiders took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, as Josh Bell’s bases loaded infield single brought home Brennan Boesch with the game’s first run. Thomas Neal then cleared the bases with a three-run double to left field, scoring Zoilo Almonte, Dan Johnson and Bell.
After Chen’s homer in the fourth, the RailRiders re-established their four-run lead when Almonte and Johnson both singled, and Melky Mesa ripped a run-scoring double to put Columbus in a 5-1 hole in the fifth inning.
But Columbus caught up with a four-run rally in the seventh inning.
Carson started the comeback with a double, and scored on a single by Omir Santos. Ezequiel Carrera doubled home Juan Diaz, and Chisenhall tied the game, 5-5, with a two-run single to right field.
The RailRiders didn’t score over the game’s final five innings, while Columbus used that time to snatch away victory with an extra-inning comeback.