ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Just last week, the Indianapolis Indians (29-27) were struggling through a six-game losing streak. Now they keep finding ways to win.
Erich Weiss‘ two-run home run in the top of the sixth gave the Tribe the lead and Kevin Kramer‘s two-run shot in the ninth put this ballgame on ice, as Indy beat the Rochester Red Wings (28-26) 7-2. The Indians’ win streak is now at four in a row, a new season high.
Through five innings, it was Rochester who owned a 2-1 advantage.
Tribe starting pitcher Alex McRae gave up four hits and issued three walks, but limited the damage to two runs over the course of five innings. Indy’s lone run earlier on came from Jose Osuna, who picked up a RBI single in the third.
Everything went right for the Indians starting in the sixth frame, with six unanswered runs and four scoreless innings of relief pitching propelling them to victory.
Three runs in the sixth gave the visitors the lead, starting with Weiss’ two-run blast. His homer shot Indianapolis ahead, with a sacrifice fly from Chris Bostick later in the inning pushing their cushion to 4-2.
Bostick struck again in the eighth with a RBI double, while Kramer brought the pop in the ninth to add some more insurance. Kramer’s two-run bomb in pushed the Indians ahead by a score of 7-2, which was more than enough for Indy’s bullpen.
Four relievers combined to blank the Red Wings over the course of Wednesday’s final four innings.
Damien Magnifico (sixth inning) and Johnny Hellweg (eight inning) each struck out the side. Bo Schultz was perfect in the seventh and then Dovydas Neverauskas worked around a walk in the ninth to close it out for the Tribe.
Indianapolis goes for the sweep of Rochester on Thursday afternoon. J.T. Brubaker (2-2, 3.81 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Indians in the 12:35 p.m. clash.