Caldwell, Carroll come through in the clutch as RailRiders edge Syracuse

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Bruce Caldwell singled home Adam Lind with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday and Cody Carroll stranded the tying run in scoring position by striking out the side in the ninth as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders staved off host Syracuse 8-7.

Zack Zehner launched a three-run home run to cap a five-run first inning that gave the RailRiders a seemingly comfortable lead, but the Chiefs rallied quickly against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chance Adams.

Spencer Kieboom delivered an RBI single for the Chiefs in the second and a run-scoring single in the third that tied the game at 5-5.

Caldwell’s double brought home Zehner in the fourth inning and L.J. Mazilli scored when Clint Frazier reached on an error in the sixth as the RailRiders went back on top, 7-5.

But RailRiders reliever Joe Harvey committed a two-run throwing error on a bunt, allowing Syracuse to pull even again, 7-7, in the bottom of the sixth.

That set the stage for Caldwell, who dropped a single into center field in the seventh as Lind charged home with what proved to be the winning run.

More drama followed, though.

Jose Marmolejos drilled a double to start the bottom half of the ninth, putting the potential tying run in scoring position for the Chiefs.

But Carroll struck out Mark Reynolds, Matt Reynolds and Jacob Wilson in succession to end the game.

Caldwell’s tie-breaking hit made a winner of Harvey, while Carroll earned his second save with two scoreless innings of relief.

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