Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two doubles to lead a 17-hit attack for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 10-8 road victory Tuesday night against Norfolk.
The RailRiders (59-53) and Norfolk remained tied for the International League wild card spot with Columbus.
Crestwood graduate Matt Wotherspoon pitched two innings for Norfolk, giving up four hits, two earned runs and striking out one. He was one of seven pitchers used by the Tides.
Torreyes got SWB off to a good start with his first two-run double of the game in the first inning. The two-bagger to left field scored Tyler Wade and Mike Ford. Wade and Ford reached on singles.
Torreyes added a two-run double in the seventh as the RailRiders increased their lead to 10-3.
Norfolk, though rallied for five runs behind two homers in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 10-8. Ruben Tejada and Breyvic Valera each homered and Luis Sardinas doubled in a pair. All five runs were charged to reliever J.P. Feyeresien.
Reliever George Kontos, the third pitcher used by SWB, threw 1.2 innings to pick up the win. He improved to 3-0. Cale Coshow pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broke the game open with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.
In the fourth, the RailRiders sent eight to the plate with Devyn Bolasky singling in Gio Urshela to put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead 4-3. Ryan McBroom singled home Wade, and Abiatal Avelino crossed on a passed ball for a 6-3 lead.
In the fifth, Francisco Diaz tripled in Urshela from first after a walk and scored on a sac fly by Wade for an 8-3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre advantage.
The series continues at Norfolk at 7:05 p.m. today. The RailRiders will put righty Erik Swanson (1-2, 5.14) on the mound against the Tides and former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Josh Rogers (7-9, 3.75).
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