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Plates top PawSox 5-1 on Thursday night

STAFF REPORTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Plates beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1 Thursday night at Frontier Field, in front of a Plates Night crowd of 10, 027. Rochester returns home on August 28th for the final homestand of the season against Buffalo and Lehigh Valley. 
Plates "opener" Nick Anderson, was replaced in the top of the second inning by Zack Littell. Anderson finished with 1.0 innings thrown, allowed one hit, one walk and had two strikeouts. Anderson threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.
The Plates struck first in the bottom of the second inning after a solo home run by Jon Kemmer, his fourth of the year against Red Sox starting pitcher Josh A. Austin, to give the Plates a 1-0 lead.
The Red Sox threatened with two on and two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Plates left fielder LaMonte Wade, threw out Josh Ockimey at the plate after a single to end the inning.
The Plates added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after an RBI double by Kennys Vargas that scored Willians Astudillo from first to make the score 2-0. Later in the inning, Kemmer hit an RBI single that scored Vargas to make the score 3-0.
Littell was replaced by Andrew Vasquez, who made his Triple-A debut with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Littell finished with 5.2 innings, allowed six hits and had six strikeouts. Littell threw 98 pitches, 70 for strikes.
Fernando Rodriguez replaced Smith in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith finished with 6.0 innings, allowed five hits, three earned runs, two walks and had six strikeouts. Smith threw 88 pitches, 54 for strikes.
In the top of the eighth, Vasquez got into a bases loaded jam with one out. A ground ball allowed a run to score and make it a 3-1 Plates lead.
The Plates extended the lead in the bottom of the eighth after an RBI single by Astudillo, scoring Nick Gordon to give the Plates a 4-1 lead. Later in the inning, Wade hit an RBI single that scored Astudillo to make the score 5-1.
Vasquez worked 1.1 innings, allowing two hits, an earned run, and a walk with two strikeouts. Ryan Eades worked the ninth inning for the Plates.
The Red Sox out-hit the Plates 10 to 8.
Winning pitcher: Littell (5-6)
Losing pitcher: Smith (5-5) 
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