The Rochester Red Wings defeated the Gwinnett Braves 7-1 in the first of a four-game set Tuesday. Gwinnett drops to 57-47 as the Red Wings improve to 49-52. Gwinnett maintains its 1 1/2-game lead over Norfolk in the International League Wild Card standings.
Rochester tagged Jeff Bennett for two runs on three hits in his second major-league rehab appearance with Gwinnett. Bennett was charged with the loss after tossing just one inning.
It was Justin Huber’s two-run double that gave Rochester the early lead. Huber finished the game 2-for-5 with a run two RBI.
In the sixth, the Red Wings extended their lead to 4-0 on another two-run double, this one off the bat of Danny Valencia. Rochester picked up four doubles on the night.
Gwinnett’s only run came when Brooks Conrad drove in Van Pope on an RBI-single to second base. Pope finished the game 2-for-4. Alvin Colina was 2-for-3 with a walk, giving the G-Braves a combined four hits in the eight and nine holes.
Philip Humber earned his fifth win of the season for the Red Wings by holding Gwinnett to a run on five hits in seven innings pitched.
Gwinnett and Rochester will play the second game in the four-game set Wednesday night at Gwinnett Stadium. G-Braves southpaw John Halama (2-3, 4.67 ERA) will take the mound for Gwinnett and will face Red Wings left-hander Reid Santos (1-2, 4.06 ERA). First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m.