The Rochester Red Wings dropped their fourth straight to the Worcester Red Sox with a 5-4 loss on Friday night at Frontier Field.
Once again Rochester fell behind early and could not climb out of the hole.
Worcester plated four of their five runs in the first inning. Connor Wong and Jeter Downs each had RBI doubles, while Christin Stewart had a sacrifice fly and Pedro Castellanos had a run-scoring single.
Andrew Stevenson put Rochester on the board in the seventh with an RBI triple. Ildemaro Vargas followed that with a sacrifice fly to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-2.
Worcester answered in the top of the eighth as Ronaldo Hernandez launched his seventh home run of the season. Once again Rochester made it a one-run game in the bottom of the frame. Taylor Gushue hammered a two-run double to make it 5-4.
Rochester tried to come back in the ninth but after Vargas worked a one-out walk, Joey Meneses grounded into a game-ending double play.
Cory Abbott started on the mound for the Red Wings and surrendered four unearned runs over four innings. Sterling Sharp was the first one out of the bullpen and he allowed one run over four innings. Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless inning as well.
The Red Wings will try to snap their skid on Saturday night with Logan Verrett on the hill. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.