ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Ottawa Lynx rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat Jimmy Haynes and the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2, last night and win the Triple-A International League East playoffs, three games to two.
Haynes pitched eight strong innings but was relieved by Jimmy Myers after giving up hits to Ted Wood and Yamil Benitez to open the ninth. Myers allowed a two-run single to Bert Heffernan and an RBI single to Chris Martin, then right-hander J. J. Thobe retired the Red Wings in order in the ninth to clinch the series.
Ottawa next will play the Norfolk Tides in the best-of-five Governors' Cup finals beginning tonight.
The Red Wings lost games 4 and 5 of the series -- both at Silver Stadium. On Friday night, Orioles right-hander Ben McDonald left with a 3-2 lead on another rehabilitation start but the bullpen caved in and the Red Wings lost, 8-3.
"Haynes pitched a super game," Rochester manager Marv Foley said. "We just could not take any pressure off him."
Third baseman Kim Batiste drove in both Rochester runs with a double in the first and a single in the second, but for the second straight night the Red Wings scored early and then stopped.
Haynes, the International League strikeout champion (140) and Game 1 winner, allowed 10 hits in eight-plus innings. He struck out nine and didn't walk a batter.