The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-5 in 11 innings on Monday. Chris Marrero delivered the game-winning hit in the top of the frame, while, in the bottom of the inning, Corey Brown connected with Zach Walters to throw the tying run, Brandon Snyder, out at the pIate to end the game. It's the 14thtime this season the Chiefs have gone to extra frames.
The game went into the 11th. Will Rhymes and Brown both singled for Syracuse to start off the top of the inning. Marrero followed with a single into center field to score Rhymes and put the Chiefs in front, 6-5.
In the bottom of the inning, Syracuse relief pitcher Tanner Roark got the first two batters out, but then Pawtucket (35-23) started to rally. Snyder earned a walk. The next batter, Bryce Brentz, doubled to left field. Snyder tried to score from first but a relay from Brown to Walters to Kris Watts behind the plate caught him in time and the Chiefs hung on for the win.
Syracusekicked off the scoring in the second. Brown led off the inning with a home run over the center-field wall. After a Marrero single, Mike Costanzo launched a ball over the right-field fence and the Chiefs led 3-0.
It didn't take Pawtucket long to cut into the deficit, though. In the bottom of the second, Justin Henry came to the plate with a runner on first and one out. He grounded into a fielder's choice. After a Jonathan Diaz walk, Brock Holt hit a line-drive single into left field to score Henry and make the score 3-1.
The following inning, the Red Sox added another. With no outs and runners on the corners, Ryan Lavarnway singled to second base to score a runner and cut the lead to 3-2.
Pawtucket tied it up and then some in the fourth. Diaz worked a one-out walk and Holt singled to lead off the inning. With runners on first and second, Dan Butler popped up to second. An infield fly rule was called, but Chiefs second baseman Anthony Rendon didn't make the catch. He then made an error on a throw to second, Diaz scored and the game was tied. The next batter, Mitch Maier, doubled to right field to bring home Holt and the Paw Sox took a 4-3 lead.
Syracuse got the run back in the seventh, though. Costanzo led off with his second home run to tie game was tied at four.
However, Pawtucket got the lead right back. Drew Sutton walked with one out in the bottom of the inning. Lavarnway followed with a single to right field. Brandon Snyder singled to bring home Sutton and put the Red Sox back on top, 5-4.
In the ninth, Syracuse came back again. Brown led off the inning and hit his second home run of the game over the left-field wall to tie the game at five.
Next up for Syracuse is a trip to northeast Pennsylvania to face Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Tuesday at 7:05. Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf takes the hill for the Chiefs against right-hander Caleb Cotham for the RailRiders.