ROCHESTER, N.Y. – After a near three-hour rain delay, the Indianapolis Indians were finally able to head home with a six-game winning streak.
Indians starter Casey Sadler came up with another quality start and Elias Diaz and Keon Broxton each hit two-run home runs as the Tribe earned a series sweep of the Rochester Red Wings with a 5-3 victory.
Sadler would not get much help early, as the Red Wings took a 2-0 lead with an unearned run in the third and fourth.
In the third, it was a throwing error by Mel Rojas Jr. that allowed Eric Farris to score on a harmless fly ball to right. Then in the fourth, Eric Fryer scored to make it a two-run lead when a potential inning-ending double play was broken up on a Gustavo Nunez throwing error.
After four shutout innings to the start the game, the Indians got to Rochester starter Pat Dean in the fifth. Tony Sanchez led off the frame with a walk and Diaz followed by tying the game with a two-run home run to left center.
Rochester would take the lead again in their half of the fifth with their only earned run against Sadler. Oswaldo Arcia hit a RBI double to right, scoring Doug Bernier to give the Red Wings a 3-2 after five.
The Tribe would strike again in the sixth, putting up a pair of runs on another homer two batters into the inning.
This time it was the duo of Nunez and Broxton who got the job done for Indianapolis. Nunez led off with a single and Broxton followed with a two-run shot off of Dean, putting the Tribe ahead 4-3.
Sadler and Dean would leave the game after six innings pitched, with both turning in good performances.
Sadler allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks, while Dean surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks.
The Indians would add an insurance run against the Red Wing bullpen in the eighth, grabbing a 5-3 lead for their relievers.
Broxton drew a lead-off walk against Rochester reliever Alex Meyer, then stole second and scored on a Brent Morel RBI single to pad Indianapolis’ lead.
A.J. Morris and Deolis Guerra combined to pitch the final three innings for the Tribe, giving up just one hit each. Morris pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth before Guerra came on to earn his fourth save of the season in the ninth.
After winning six consecutive games to finish with a 6-1 road trip, the Indians will return to Victory Field on Thursday night. The Gwinnett Braves will visit the Tribe for a four-game series, with Chris Volstad (4-2, 3.77 ERA) serving as Indianapolis’ probable starter for the 7:05 p.m. series opener.