Hits keep coming, but not victory for Red Wings


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Red Wings, despite continuing their recent hitting spree, couldn't outslug the Norfolk Tides in a 10-8 loss in the International League yesterday. The Tides broke an eight-game losing streak at Silver Stadium.

The game featured 12 extra-base hits, including six home runs, four by the Red Wings (40-48). Rochester also made four errors.

The defense wasn't all bad, though. Damon Buford made a sensational play in the ninth inning, when he made a running catch into the center-field wall of Doug Dascenzo's drive, then threw a perfect strike to second base for a double play to keep the Red Wings within two runs.

But Pete Walker shut down the Rochester attack for the final 2 1/3 innings to save the win for Kenny Greer.

Mark Smith, Jeff Manto, Sherman Obando and Tracy Woodson all homered for the Red Wings. Smith also added a single and a double and drove in five runs.

Rochester has scored 46 runs in its last seven games.

Norfolk's Butch Huskey and Aaron Ledesma hit consecutive home runs in the second inning with the bases empty off starter Jimmy Haynes. Haynes lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his third Triple-A start.

Jim Dedrick took the loss.

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