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Red Wings beat PawSox, force Game 5
Diamond tosses eight shutout innings, Clement drives in three
09/07/2013 10:03 PM ET
Scott Diamond is 5-0 in seven Triple-A starts this year.
Scott Diamond is 5-0 in seven Triple-A starts this year. (Bare Antolos/Rochester Red Wings)

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- With a two-run lead in hand, the Rochester Red Wings kicked down the door in Game 4 of their Governors' Cup semifinal with a six-run fifth inning Saturday, pounding the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-1, to force a decisive fifth game.

"It was a good team effort, all-around," Red Wings manager Gene Glynn said. "It seemed like we just came out and there were guys on base and we had big hits. I don't know how to explain it, but it is baseball and it happens to go that way sometimes."

The Red Wings' first eight batters reached safely in the fifth as Jeff Clement highlighted the inning with a two-run double to the left-field fence. He finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Starter Scott Diamond (1-0) set the tone for Rochester, striking out four over the first two innings and limiting the PawSox to seven singles over seven scoreless frames.

"Us getting those first two runs was pretty crucial," said Diamond, who fanned a season-high eight and did not walk a batter. "Being able to go out and put a zero up and letting the offense work made my job really easy.

"I really didn't get ahead of hitters that well, but I was able to put them away when the count dictated that I should. "It's easy when you've got the gloves behind you."

Said Glynn, "Diamond has been real strong for us. He's gone deep into the games and he's kept the score close, if not won them. He's been almost effortless with his delivery, which allows him to stay in the game a long time."

The Red Wings totaled 14 hits, chasing Red Sox No. 5 prospect Matt Barnes in the 11-batter fifth.

"We had a great scouting report on [Barnes]," Clement said. "We knew he was going to have a great arm, and you've got to try to turn him into a one-pitch pitcher. For the most part, we were focused on hitting the fastball."

Rochester also taxed the Pawtucket bullpen, forcing manager Gary DiSarcina to use four relievers, which could be a factor in Game 5 on Sunday.

Deibinson Romero went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Eric Farris contributed two hits, including a run-scoring single, for the Red Wings. A.J. Achter followed Diamond and allowed one run on a hit and two walks over the final two innings.

Rochester's win means Durham will have to wait one more day to find out its opponent in the Governors' Cup Finals. The Bulls completed a three-game sweep of Indianapolis on Friday.

The PawSox will throw knuckleballer Charlie Haeger in Sunday's showdown, while the Red Wings counter with Virgil Vasquez.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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