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Clippers use late runs to top Wings


Columbus used three unearned runs to beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-1 Monday night at Frontier Field. Lehigh Valley also lost Monday, so despite the loss the Wings remain just two games out of the wild card playoff spot. The series continues Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. featuring the Fan 4-Pack with with four tickets, hot dogs, drinks and a yearbook for $36 ($40 day of game).

The game start was delayed 45 minutes by rain and wet grounds. Matt Hague got the scoring started for Rochester in the bottom of the third inning. After a Niko Goodrum double off of Chris Narveson, two batters later, Hague drove in Goodrum with an RBI single giving the Wings a 1-0 lead.

Columbus responded the very next inning when back to back walks by Tim Melville eventually led to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adam Moore tied the game at 1-1.

The Wings put two runners on with two out in the sixth inning, after Mitch Garver drew a walk and Daniel Palka singled. That brought Louis Head out of the bullpen to relieve Narveson, and Head walked Leonardo Reginatto to load the bases. Head got a groundout to end the threat.

Narveson allowed five hits and an earned run in 5.2 innings pitched, with two walks and six strikeouts. Narveson threw 107 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Melville looked strong through six innings. He only allowed one hit and one run while racking up seven strikeouts to keep the game tied at 1-1.

Melville added another inning of work and was relieved in the top of the eighth inning by Drew Rucinski. Melville finished with seven innings pitched, allowing one hit and one run. He walked three and struck out nine on 117 pitches, 75 of them being strikes.

Columbus regained the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring three unearned runs off Rucinski with two out making the score 4-1 Clippers.

Michael Tonkin pitched the ninth for the Red Wings, striking out the side.