INDIANAPOLIS—Starting pitcher Brad Lincoln allowed just two runs over eight innings of work, while designated hitter Pedro Alvarez drove in three, including a mammoth two-run home run, to lead the Indianapolis Indians past the Rochester Red Wings 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field.
With the win, the Indians improve to 18-15 on the season, while the loss drops the Red Wings record to 14-19. With the victory, Indianapolis takes a 2-1 series lead over Rochester and has now posted a 13-5 record over its last 18 games.
While Lincoln led the Tribe pitching staff, Alvarez sparked the Indians' offense, turning in the club's only multi-hit effort on the afternoon, going 2-for-4 with two runs, a two-run home run and three RBI.
Indianapolis jumped out to the early 1-0 lead on a first inning RBI triple by 1B Brian Myrow that plated 2B Neil Walker, before Alvarez extended the Tribe's lead when he brought home Myrow with a double to deep left field in the fourth inning. The Tribe third baseman then came around to score a run of his own when LF Kevin Melillo lined a single to center later in the frame to extend the Indians lead to 3-0.
Rochester got a run back the following frame when LF Dustin Martin broke up Lincoln's perfect game bid with a double and later came around to score on a base hit by DH Jacque Jones. Alvarez quickly gave the Indians some breathing room when he launched a two-run blast to deep right field that left the park and left little hope for the Red Wings.
The longball for Alvarez was his team leading eighth on the season and brought home Myrow who drew his team leading 20th walk just before Alvarez left the yard. Rochester did manage to get a run back in the seventh, when Martin reached on a bunt single, and eventually trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Jones, but the Red Wings would get no closer as Lincoln and Ledezma shut the door from then on out.
Along with Alvarez, Myrow also turned in an excellent effort at the plate as the Tribe first baseman went 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI, while Melillo added his second RBI in as many games with his run scoring single in the fourth. Martin (2-for-4, 2 R) and Jones (1-for-2, 2 RBI) accounted for all of the Rochester offense on the afternoon as Martin collected the only multi-hit game for the Red Wings and Jones drove him in twice for the only two Rochester scores in the contest.