The Syracuse Chiefs (8-15), the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, ended a six-game losing skid with a 3-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings (9-15) Saturday at Alliance Bank Stadium. Chiefs righthander Yunesky Maya threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six batters.
Roger Bernadina and Seth Bynum teamed up to get Syracuse's offense going in the third inning. Bernadina knocked a single to right to get on base with one out. The leftfielder then tried to steal second, and Red Wings catcher Rene Rivera's throw attempt sailed into the outfield, allowing Bernadina to take third. Bynum tallied his 14th RBI of the year on a single to right, bringing Bernadina home to give the Chiefs their first lead.
Syracuse catcher Jesus Flores scored Chris Marrero on an RBI-single in the fourth to make the score 2-0. Alex Valdez would extend the lead in unusual fashion in the fifth.
The third baseman led off the inning and was hit by a pitch from Rochester reliever Eric Hacker. Two wild pitches from Hacker advanced Valdez to third base. Finally, Rivera couldn't handle a low pitch from the Red Wings reliever, and Valdez scored on a passed ball. The Chiefs didn't manage a hit in the fifth, but managed to build their lead to 3-0 on Valdez' run.
Maya (1-2) started from the mound with three innings of no-hit pitching. Only one Red Wing advanced past first base throughout the game.
Cole Kimball got his fourth save of the season. The righthander walked the first batter he faced but got Matthew Brown to ground into a double play. Rochester rightfielder Dustin Martin then hit a slow bouncer to first base for the final out of the game.
The Chiefs and Red Wings play again Sunday at 2 p.m. in Alliance Bank Stadium. Southpaw Ross Detwiler will step to the mound for the Chiefs against Rochester righty Kyle Gibson.
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