Clippers top Red Wings 5-3
Kyle Davies pitched seven strong innings in his Columbus debut and Matt Carson hit a two-run home run to lead the Clippers past the Rochester Red Wings 5-3 tonight in Huntington Park.
A veteran of seven major league seasons with Atlanta and Kansas City, Davies (1-0) was transferred to Columbus from double-A Akron earlier in the day to fill the opening created when the Cleveland Indians called up Josh Tomlin. He allowed two runs in the second inning but faced the minimum 15 batters over the final five innings.
The Clippers broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning against Matt Guerrier (0-1). David Cooper led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Two outs later, Giovanny Urshela broke the tie with an RBI double. Matt Carson hit the next pitch from Guerrier for a two-run home run, his second in two nights against the Red Wings.
Rochester threatened in the eighth and ninth innings against the Columbus bullpen.
In the eighth,Blake Wood loaded the bases with two walks and a single. Scott Barnes relieved him with two outs and walked James Beresford to force home a run. He struck out Chris Parmalee to end the rally.
In the ninth, VInnie Pestano struck out Wilkin Ramirez to start the inning. Oswaldo Arcia and Deibinson Romero followed with back-to-back singles. Pestano responded by gettingDoug Bernier to fly to Carlos Moncrief in right field and striking out pinch-hitter Brand Nelson to earn his second save.
Second baseman Audy Ciriaco had a two-out,RBI double for Columbus in the sixth inning that tied the game at 2-2. Tim Fedroff scored a run in the third on a Rochester error. Carson it 5 for 6 in the first two games of the series with six RBI. With the win, the Clippers got to .500 on the season for the first time at 15-15.