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'Riders top Red Wings on Batman Night

STAFF REPORTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Red Wings dropped a 4-2 decision to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Saturday evening at Frontier Field, in front of 8,450 fans on Batman Night. The teams wrap up the series with a Sunday matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. 
 Rochester plated the first run of the game in the third against RailRiders starter Nestor Cortes after back-to-back singles from Zack Granite and Nick Gordon to open the inning. With one out and the pair on base, Chris Carter grounded into what looked to be an inning-ending double play. Instead, a throwing error on the relay by Scranton second basemen L.J. Mazzilli allowed Granite to score, giving the Wings a 1-0 lead.
After allowing a one-out double to Tyler Austin in the top of the sixth inning, Rochester starting pitcher Aaron Slegers surrendered a two-run home run to Brandon Drury, giving Scranton a 2-1 lead.
Cortes' night ended after five innings of work. He allowed one run on six hits while walking two and striking out three. Cortes threw 91 pitches, 64 for strikes.
The Wings turned the ball over to Luke Bard in the seventh inning after Slegers loaded the bases with one out. Slegers' line was completed after Ronald Torreyes scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Wade, giving Scranton a 3-1 lead. Slegers went 6.1 innings allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. He threw 95 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Scranton scored an insurance run in the eighth inning after Granite mis-read a fly ball which allowed for Billy McKinney to reach third base with one out. After putting men on the corners following a walk, Bruce Caldwell singled home McKinney to give the RailRiders a 4-1 lead.
The Wings cut the deficit and scored the game's final run in the eighth inning after Willians Astudillodoubled home Gordon, leaving the RailRiders with a 4-2 lead.
Bard threw 1.2 innings in relief allowing one run on two hits while registering a pair of strikeouts. Gabriel Moya came on in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning, setting Scranton down in order.

Winning pitcher: Cortes (1-3)
Losing pitcher: Slegers (5-5)
Save: Carroll (7)
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NOTES: OF Byron Buxton was not in the lineup Saturday, after playing four straight days as part of his major league rehab assignment.