Zach Zehner had delivered earlier in the game with an RBI double. With two men on and two outs in the top of the sixth, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outfielder had another chance with the RailRiders down a run.
Major League veteran Edwin Jackson didn’t let it happen, coming up with his eighth and final strikeout to end the threat for Syracuse.
The RailRiders never got another hit, as the Chiefs bullpen shut them down the rest of the way in Syracuse’s 4-1 win on Tuesday at NBT Bank Stadium.
Jackson scattered six hits — five singles — and two walks to exit with a 2-1 lead and the Chiefs’ bats came through in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of insurance runs.
As it turned out, Syracuse wouldn’t need them. Though Ryan McBroom drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, three Chiefs relievers retired the next nine batters to close out the win with Austin Adams pitching the ninth for the save, striking out two.
Down 2-0 after three innings, the RailRiders (14-17) got on the board in the fourth when Zehner doubled home Clint Frazier with two outs. The big hit salvaged a run after Mike Ford was doubled off first earlier in the frame.
The defense kept it close in the fifth after starter Nestor Cortes exited with one out. Rafael Bautista singled to right with two outs against Brody Koerner, but Zehner gunned down Irving Falu, who tried to score from second on the play, ending the inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Chiefs (15-14) strung together four straight singles with two outs, capped off by Falu’s hit, which drove in a pair.
Six different RailRiders finished with a hit with Ford and McBroom each drawing a walk to reach twice apiece.
Cortes struck out three in 4.1 innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits to take the loss. Koerner went the rest of the way, allowing two runs on five hits. Neither issued a walk.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre closes out the three-game set at Syracuse on Wednesday with a 6:35 p.m. start. After that, it’s back home for a four-game series with Rochester.
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