Jake Noll hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the 7th inning and Rochester beat Syracuse 6-3 Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium.
Noll’s homer came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead. Mike Ford followed with a home run to make it 5-3 as the Red Wings (43-54) went back-to-back for the fifth time this season.
Donovan Casey put the Wings on the board with an RBI single in the 1st inning.
Former Nationals first-round pick Seth Romero made his Triple-A debut for Rochester and allowed one run on four hits, one hit batter, and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.0 innings. The lone run scored in the 3rd inning as Khalil Lee stole home on a double steal after Wilfredo Tovar stole second base. Lee’s run tied the game at 1-1.
The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the 5th after two singles and an error. That score remained until Noll’s homer in the 7th.
Andrew Lee tossed a scoreless 7th, Alberto Baldonado worked a perfect 8th inning with a pair of strikeouts, and Aaron Barrett got the final three outs with a scoreless 9th inning to secure his second save of the season.
Rochester and Syracuse play for the Golden Fork on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (if needed). The Wings will play as the Plates and the Mets as the Salt Potatoes in the Duel of the Dishes. Rochester won the first game in the best-of-three series, 2-1, on August 5 at Frontier Field.