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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Being promoted from Double-A Harrisburg hours before Monday night’s game, Nationals prospect Michael Taylor made an impressive debut in helping Syracuse top Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-6 at NBT Bank Stadium.


The centerfielder reached base four times, including two hits consisting of a single and a go-ahead RBI-double in the bottom of the seventh inning.


The RailRiders entered the seventh holding a 6-4 lead, but right-hander Jim Miller and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte couldn’t hold the potent Chiefs offense.


Miller (5-3) allowed three hits and a run before Venditte replaced him in the frame and allowed the two inherited runners to score.


Taylor, the No. 3 prospect in Washington’s organization according to MLB.com, made up for an error in the top of the first inning that led to the RailRiders first run when Jose Pirela (2 for 5, 3 runs) scored on an errant throw by the outfielder for a 1-0 lead. RBI-singles by Zoilo Almonte (2 for 4, 2 runs) and Kyle Roller in the top of the third padded the RailRiders lead to 3-0.


Meanwhile, left-hander Nik Turley was holding the Chiefs on his game early on.


Making his first start for the RailRiders since taking a no-decision against Gwinnett on July 29 when he allowed 10 baserunners in 5 1/3 innings, Turley didn’t allow a hit for the first three innings. In the fourth inning, he ran into trouble allowing a walk to Emmanuel Burriss before former SWB Yankee Brandon Laird (2 for 4, 3RBI) clubbed a two-run homer to trim the RailRiders lead to 3-2. Three batters later, Turley was removed from the game after hitting Eury Perez loaded the bases.


Diego Moreno relieved Turley and allowed a two-run double to Will Rhymes as the Chiefs took a 4-3 lead into the fifth inning.


It didn’t take long for the RailRiders to answer Syracuse’s runs. In the top of the fifth, SWB equaled the score at 4-4 when Zelous Wheeler plated a run on single. Then in the sixth, Taylor Dugas scored on a fielder’s choice giving the RailRiders a 5-4 advantage. Later that inning, Rob Refsnyder doubled home Pirela to give SWB a 6-4 cushion.


Chiefs 7, RailRiders 6


RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Pirela 2b`5`3`2`1`1`0`0


Refsnyder dh`5`0`1`1`1`0`0


Almonte lf`4`2`2`1`0`0`0


Garcia cf`4`0`2`0`0`0`0


Roller 1b`5`0`2`1`0`0`0


Richardson pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wheeler ss`5`0`1`0`0`0`0


Murphy c`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Dugas rf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Segedin 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`39`6`11`4`2`0`0`


Syracuse`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Burriss ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Johnson 2b`4`1`0`0`0`0`0


Laird 3b`4`1`2`3`0`0`0


Moore 1b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor cf`2`1`2`1`0`0`0


Solano c`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Perez rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Rhymes dh`4`1`2`2`0`0`0


Kobernus lf`4`1`1`1`0`0`0


Totals`32`7`9`7`0`0`0


RailRiders`102`012`000`—`6


Syracuse`000`400`30x`—`7


E: Taylor (1), Burriss (20), Mattheus (2); LOB: SWB 10, SYR 5; TEAM RISP: SWB 4 for 16, SYR 5 for 11; 2B: Pirela (18), Refsnyder (12), Rhymes (20), Kobernus (6), Taylor (1); HR: Laird (12); SB: Taylor (1)


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Turley`3.2`2`4`4`3`3


Moreno`1.1`1`0`0`0`1


Miller (BS, 2; L, 5-3)`1.1`5`3`3`0`1


Venditte`1.2`1`0`0`0`1


Syracuse`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Cole`4.1`6`4`3`4`2


Mattheus`1.0`2`2`1`0`1


Grace (W, 1-0)`1.2`0`0`0`0`1


Delcarmen (H, 6)`1.0`1`0`0`0`1


Martin (S, 3)`1.0`2`0`0`0`1


WP: Turley


HBP: Perez (by Turley)


Time: 3:14; Attendance: 2,720


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