Ray Olmedo had two hits, including a clutch RBI single, as the Rochester Red Wings defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3-2 Sunday night.
Pat Dean (3-2) allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out six to pick up the win for Rochester.
Graham Stoneburner suffered his first road loss of the season, giving up two earned runs and six hits in five innings. He walked two and fanned two. Stoneburner entered the game with a 4-0 mark on the road with a 3.48 ERA in seven games. Against the Red Wings, Stoneburner was 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA in two starts.
The win pulled the Red Wings within a half-game of wild card leader Norfolk, whose game in Durham started late Sunday night after a lengthy rain delay. If the Wings finish tied with, or ahead of, Norfolk at end of play Monday, Rochester will get the wild card spot and open the playoffs at home Wednesday night.
Rookie left-hander Dean allowed a bloop double down the right field line to leadoff batter Corey Patterson, and Patterson scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Adonis Garcia to give the RailRiders the early lead.
Rochester got its first baserunner since the first inning when Chris Parmelee singled to left with one out in the fourth. Aaron Hicks hit a line drive to center field that Garcia misplayed. Parmelee scored and Hicks had himself a triple. With two outs and Hicks still at third, Ray Olmedo hit a single to left to score Hicks and give Rochester a 2-1 lead.
Parmelee tripled to open the Wings’ half of the eighth inning and Jeff Clement delivered an RBI single to put Rochester ahead 3-1.
A single by Ronnier Mustelier off reliever Michael Tonkin just snuck by the glove of first baseman Parmelee, and the RailRiders had the tying runs on the corners with one out, as Brent Lillibridge had drawn a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Neil Medchill hit a two-strike single to pull the RailRiders to within a run at 3-2. But Tonkin caught Bobby Wilson looking at a third strike to end the game. It was Tonkin’s 14th save of the season.
The teams meet Monday at 1:05 p.m. in the final regular season game for both clubs.