Chiefs 1B Chris Marrero went 3-for-3 on the day, highlighted by a two-run homer in the third and a solo homer to lead off the fifth. Brian Bixler, Marrero and Jeff Frazier batted from the two, three and four slots Sunday, picking up seven of Syracuse's nine hits and five of the six RBI.
Both teams got off to good starts offensively in the first inning. Chiefs starter Craig Stammen walked Lehigh Valley leadoff batter Rich Thompson and hit Kevin Frandsen three pitches later. The IronPigs' baserunners then executed a double steal and Cory Sullivan's sacrifice fly brought home Thompson for the first run of the game.
The Chiefs responded in the bottom of the frame. Bixler and Marrero hit back-to-back singles, and Frazier's double in the ensuing at-bat scored both to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.
Marrero's home runs extended that margin to 5-2 in the third and fifth, but the IronPigs started their rally two innings later. Stammen was pulled with two outs in the sixth inning after allowing a single to Dane Sardinha. Adam Carr took over on the mound and immediately gave up a home run to pinch hitter Delwyn Young to put the score at 5-4 Syracuse.
Lehigh Valley then exploded in the eighth to complete the comeback and take a big lead. Twelve batters stepped to the plate, combining for six hits, a home run, four walks and six runs. Carr and lefty Lee Hyde pitched for the Chiefs for most of the eighth before Matt Chico got the final out with the bases loaded.
Boomer Whiting hit a pinch hit RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to close the deficit to 10-6. But with two outs in the top of the ninth, the rain started pouring down and the game was ended early.
Carr (1-1) took the loss for the Chiefs, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing five hits and five earned runs. Lehigh Valley righty Michael Stutes (2-1) got the win for the IronPigs.
The Chiefs start a four-game road series with the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday at 6:15 p.m.