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Jake Alu’s grand slam lifts Rochester Red Wings past Lehigh Valley

Jake Alu’s grand slam lifted the Rochester Red Wings past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the series opener on Tuesday night at Frontier Field.

Alu’s third-inning grand slam capped off a five-run third inning. It was his ninth home run of the season and fifth in the last six games. Taylor Gushue opened the scoring with a solo shot.

Patrick Murphy started on the mound and allowed a run over 4 2/3 innings of work while walking two and striking out five. Alberto Baldonado picked up the win in relief after tossing 1 1/3 innings. Connor Sadzeck surrendered a pair of runs over two innings before Reed Garrett recorded the save.

The two teams will be back in action on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.