Updated: 05/06/2014 11:30 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 10:27 PM WHEC.com
Matt Carson did it again to his former team Tuesday night.
After his two-run homer snapped a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning Monday, the 2012 Red Wings outfielder delivered another two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday that propelled the Columbus Clippers to a 5-3 win over the Red Wings at Huntington Park.
The Wings (16-14) have now opened their eight-game, Ohio road trip with a pair of two-run losses.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Columbus would take the lead on a Giovanny Urshela RBI double. Carson made it 5-2 with his two-run shot to right-center off Wings reliever Matt Guerrier, who suffered his first loss of the season for Rochester.
Carson, who hit .282 with 14 homers in 115 games with the Wings two years ago, is 5-for-6 with two homers, two doubles, four runs scored and six RBI over the first two games of the series.
The Wings tried to rally back in the eighth inning after a pair of walks and a two-out single from Eric Farris loaded the bases for James Beresford. Beresoford, who hit a grand slam in the series opener Monday, drew a walk to score Deibinson Romero that trimmed the lead to 5-3.
However, Chris Parmelee, the Wings best hitter the first month of the season, went down swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.
Back came the Wings in the ninth though, as a pair of one-out singles brought the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Doug Bernier flew out to right field and pinch-hitter Brad Nelson struck out swinging against Vinnie Pestano to end the game.
The Wings, as they have done for much of the season, jumped ahead early Tuesday as Romero gave the Red Wings the lead ripping a two-run single to left field scoring Wilkin Ramirez and Oswaldo Arcia in the second inning.
After Romero’s base knock however, Clippers starter Kyle Davies would retire 16 of the next 17 batters he faced to finish off his outing. Davies, who spent 39 games on the Red Wings disabled list last season as a Twins farmhand, allowed just two runs on three hits over seven innings.
The Clippers trimmed Rochester’s 2-0 lead in half, scoring an unearned run in the third inning when Bernier booted a double play grounder at short allowing Tim Fedroff to score from second.
Columbus would tie the game on an Audy Ciriaco RBI double in the sixth inning. Wings starter Kris Johnson retired the first two batters in the inning before walking Carson. Roberto Perez followed with a single that put runners on the corners with two outs for Ciriaco, who ripped a 3-2 offering from Johnson into the left field corner plating Carson with the tying run.
A walk to Fedroff loaded the bases for Columbus and spelled the end of the night for the Wings southpaw. Guerrier came out of the bullpen to retire Justin Sellers on a fly ball to center after falling behind 3-0. However, he couldn’t escape the trouble that followed in the seventh.
The Wings will send RHP Trevor May (1-2, 4.44) to the mound on Wednesday looking to snap their mini, two-game losing streak. First pitch from Huntington Park is set for 6:35 p.m.
WINGS THINGS: The Wings scored before their opponent for the 22nd time in their first 30 games on Tuesday…Prior to this season, the last time Kris Johnson struck out eight or more in a game was 8/13/08 with Double-A Portland. He’s now stuck out eight on two occasions this season…Eric Farris finished 2-for-4 and now has a team-leading 12 multi-hit games this season…James Beresford’s seven-game hit streak was snapped after going 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI…Chris Parmelee’s 18-game on-base streak was snapped after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.