Wilkin Ramirez hit a key two-run single to break a 1-1 tie in the 7th inning and help the Red Wings beat the Columbus Clippers 6-2 Friday night at Frontier Field, completing a four-game sweep. It was the seventh straight home win for the Wings.
Rochester lost all four games against the Clippers in Columbus last week.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey made a rehab start for the Wings, his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list May 2 (groin strain). The Clippers picked up three singles including an infield hit in the first inning, with Matt Carson's hit providing an early 1-0 lead for Columbus. Pelfrey struck out two in the first inning.
Pelfrey gave up a one-out hit in the top of the second, on a ball that appeared to strike him on his left hip, but the tall righty waved off athletic trainer Larry Bennese and got the next batter, Luke Carlin to hit into an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play.
The Red Wings got on the board in the home half of the second inning. Deibinson Romero hit a lead-off double and moved to second on a groundout by Josh Willingham, who is in Rochester on a Major League rehab assignment after injuring his wrist on April 7 with the Twins. Romero scored onBrad Nelson's sacrifice fly to left field after a diving catch by Tim Fedroff, to knot the game at 1-1.
Pelfrey allowed a lead-off double in the third inning and then retired eight straight batters before a two-out walk by Fedroff.
In the bottom of the fifth, Nelson made a push to end his 0-for-29 stretch, but was robbed of a base hit after a diving catch by Elliot Johnson.
Pelfrey ended his night throwing 81 pitches over five innings of work, allowing one run on five hits and a walk while striking out three.
Edgar Ibarra came on in relief in the sixth inning, and gave up a hit to the first batter he faced - the Clippers' first hit since the third inning. The left-handed reliever struck out the next two batters and induced a groundout to end the inning.
Chris Herrmann led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, the first hit and base runner off Davies since the second inning. Oswaldo Arcia followed by slapping an opposite field single. Romero lined a single to left, and Herrmann hustled home to put the Wings ahead 2-1. Willingham flew out to right, but both Arcia and Romero tagged up and advanced to put runners at second and third with one out. Davies walked Nelson intentionally to load the bases, and Ramirez delivered a two-run single that gave the Wings a 4-1 lead.
The Ramirez hit marked the end of Davies' night on the mound, with Blake Wood taking over for Columbus. Wood notched a pair of strikeouts to escape the jam. Davies (1-2) finished with 6 1/3 innings pitched, with five hits and four earned runs allowed. He walked one and struck out four, throwing 94 pitches (60 strikes)
Arcia hit a long two-run home run off of the right field video board in the eighth inning, completing the scoring for the Red Wings. It was Arcia's second home run of the season.
Ibarra (3-0) worked two scoreless innings, striking out three with A.J. Achter coming out of the Red Wings bullpen to start the eighth inning. Achter struck out two in a perfect inning.
Carson homered off Achter in the ninth, the only hit allowed by Achter while recording his third save.
The Red Wings get their second chance at retribution starting Saturday. After losing four in Columbus last week, Rochester followed with four more losses in Toledo. The Mud Hens come to town to open a four-game series Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.
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