The RailRiders belted three homers, including the 12th of the year from Irondequoit grad Cito Culver, and got a strong start from Bryan Mitchell to clinch the International League North Division with a 5-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings.
The RailRIders (84-50) grabbed their third consecutive division crown and the franchise’s ninth in 12 seasons.
The Red Wings slipped to 77-58, but are still in command of the circuit’s wildcard spot, leading Lehigh Valley by three games with seven to play. The IronPigs lost in Syracuse 7-3.
Mitchell (3-3) hurled four scoreless frames as the RailRiders built a 5-0 advantage. He surrendered two runs in the fifth. The right-hander yielded four hits, walked one and struck out four. Nick Rumbelow held the Red Wings to one hit over the final 2.1 innings to notch his fifth save. He struck out two.
SWB scored five runs on seven hits, including three homers, off the Red Wings’ Felix Jorge (0-1). Jake Cave put the RailRiders on the board in the first inning by launching a towering fly onto the RailHouse roof beyond right. The round-tripper was his 15th at Triple-A.
Leading 1-0 in the second, Mason Williams padded the lead by lining his second homer of the year over the right field fence. Eddy Rodriguez doubled and scored on a Cave single in the third for a 3-0 lead. Culver demolished a 3-0 pitch 420 feet to left in the fourth, scoring Williams, for a 5-0 cushion. The shot hit the upper third of the elevated signage over left field.
The RailRiders continue their series with the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday, August 29 at 7:05 p.m.