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Rochester Red Wings bullpen blows late lead in loss to Syracuse Mets

The Rochester Red Wings dropped their second straight game to the Syracuse Mets with a 5-4 loss on Saturday night at Frontier Field. The Mets now lead the six-game series 3-2.

Rochester led 4-3 after seven innings, but Alberto Baldonado blew the lead in the eighth inning and the Red Wings were unable to rally back despite a few opportunities.

Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Luke Ritter’s run-scoring single.

Travis Blankenhorn, who has been red-hot at the plate, extended the Mets’ lead in the top of the third with a two-run shot, which was his ninth home run of the season. Rochester plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to make it a 3-2 game. Andrew Stevenson put the Red Wings on the board with an RBI triple. Then, Ildemaro Vargas brought him home with an RBI single.

In the fifth, Stevenson collected his second RBI of the night and tied the game with an RBI single.

Jake Noll gave the Red Wings a 4-3 lead in the seventh with a run-scoring infield single.

However, the lead did not last long as the Mets responded in the eighth. Blankenhorn delivered another hit, this time a two-run double to put Syracuse back on top, 5-4. That ended up being the difference in the game as the Mets bullpen held the lead.

Sterling Sharp made his ninth start of the season for the Red Wings and surrendered three runs on three hits over six innings while walking three and striking out five. Tim Adleman started on the mound for the Mets and allowed two runs over three innings.

The two teams will wrap up the week-long series on Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup will feature Logan Verrett vs. Thomas Szapucki. The first pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.