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Rochester Red Wings blow six-run lead in extra-inning loss to Buffalo

The Rochester Red Wings blew a six-run lead and fell to the Buffalo Bisons, 10-9, in 10 innings on Saturday night at Sahlen Field. Buffalo has won the first two games of the three-game series.

Sterling Sharp started for Rochester and allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings.

The Red Wings plated six of their nine runs in the first three innings to grab a 6-0 lead. Josh Palacios drove in the first run of the game with an RBI double right in the top of the first. One batter later, David Dahl lifted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0. In the top of the second, Andrew Stevenson ripped an RBI single to center. Jake Noll extended the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third with a run-scoring triple to right. Jake Alu followed that with an RBI single.

Buffalo put up a five spot in the bottom of the fourth to cut Rochester’s lead to one. Nathan Luke but the Bisons on the board with a two-run double to center. Chavez Young followed that with a run-scoring single to left to cut the lead in half. Tanner Morris capped off the inning with a two-run single to center.

Rochester added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Donovan Casey smashed an RBI double to left and Stevenson brought home his second RBI of the night with an infield single to make it 8-5.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Bisons plated four runs to take the lead for the first time in the game. Gabriel Moreno started the four-run inning with a two-run single to left. Later in the inning, Spencer Horwitz scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, 8-8. Jordan Groshans gave Buffalo a 9-8 lead with an RBI single to center.

However, the Red Wings responded in the top of the ninth to knot the game and send it to extra innings. Casey grounded one through the middle for a game-tying RBI single.

The Bisons scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on Cullen Large’s bases-loaded walk.

Stevenson, Alu, and Casey each collected three hits for Rochester.

The Red Wings will try to avoid the three-game sweep on Sunday with Cory Abbott on the mound. The first pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.