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Wings get big win against Syracuse 6-2

Yohan Pino pitched seven strong innings, helping the Rochester Red Wings to a 6-2 win over the Syracuse Chiefs Monday night at Frontier Field. The Wings moved into a tie with Buffalo in the wild card race, two and half games behind Pawtucket for the wild card spot.

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Aug. 23-24 home gamesPino made his first Wings start since July 17, having spent most of the last month with the Twins. Pino, who has a 6-0 record and 0.64 ERA in eight Frontier Field games this season, had an efficient 10-pitch first inning Monday in retiring the side in order.

His mound opponent, righty Scott McGregor, was making just his third start with the Chiefs after spending the first half of the season with the Cardinals' Triple-A Memphis club. McGregor issued two walks in the bottom of the first inning, but escaped without allowing a run.

Pino got a helping hand from third baseman Pedro Florimon in the top of the second. Clean-up hitter Tyler Moore scorched a line drive headed for the left field corner, but Florimon dove to his right and snagged the ball for the first out of the inning.

Through the first three innings Monday, Pino had not allowed a baserunner and McGregor had yielded only the two walks. McGregor benefited from a sliding catch by left fielder Josh Johnson, who took away a hit from James Beresford to end the third inning.

Chris Herrmann drew a walk from McGregor to open the Wings' half of the fourth, the first baserunner for either team since Josmil Pinto walked in the first. Pinto followed Herrmann's fourth inning walk with an opposite field single for the game's first hit, and the Wings had a pair of runners on base with none out. McGregor got Chris Colabello looking at a called third strike for the first out, but Daniel Ortiz singled to load the bases. The Wings brought a fine .313 team average with bases loaded into the game, but Deibinson Romero grounded into a double play to end the scoring chance.

Eury Perez and Destin Hood hit back-to-back singles with one out in the fifth inning, the first baserunners allowed by Pino. A pair of flyouts stranded the runners and kept the game scoreless.

The Wings came into the game with 277 doubles, 26 more than any other team in the league. Herrmann added to that total, and brought in the game's first run, in the bottom of the sixth. After James Beresford led off with a single up the middle, Herrmann sliced an opposite field double into the left field corner to put the Wings ahead 1-0. Pinto flew out, then Colabello followed with a single and Herrmann hustled home to score the second run of the game. Romero delivered an RBI single on a 3-2 pitch to push the Wings' lead to 3-0.

McGregor worked six innings and allowed six hits, three earned runs and allowed three walks. He struck out three and threw 92 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Ryan Mattheus took over to pitch to the Wings in the bottom of the seventh. Florimon greeted Mattheus with a single then stole second base, and Aaron Hicks walked to give the Wings an immediate scoring opportunity against Mattheus. Florimon stole third with Beresford at bat, and Beresford's groundout to first allowed Hicks to move to second base while Florimon had to hold at third. An intentional walk to Herrmann loaded the bases with one out for Pinto - who was 3-for-7 (.429) with the bases loaded this season, including two grand slams. Pinto delivered a two-run single on a 3-2 pitch, putting the Wings ahead 5-0.

Pino (10-2)took the mound in the eighth inning, after sitting through the Wings' long offensive effort in the bottom of the seventh. He hit Jhonatan Solano with a pitch to open the eighth, and Sandy Leon followed with a home run into the Wings' bullpen in right field. That marked Pino's exit, and Stephen Pryor took over on the mound for the Wings. Pino's line: seven plus innings, two hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. Pino threw 100 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Pryor got three quick outs to send play to the bottom of the eighth. Once again, the Wings welcomed a new Chiefs pitcher with a quick scoring threat - as Daniel Stange gave up a double to Ortiz and then walked Romero. Doug Bernier bunted the runners to second and third, giving the Wings a chance to add some insurance runs. Florimon knocked a single to right to bring home Ortiz and put the Wings ahead 6-2.

Pryor struck out the final two batters of the game to record his first save. Pryor has allowed just two hits in his first nine games with the Wings.

 
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