A 2-run, 10th inning home run gave the Columbus Catfish their 3rd consecutive win tonight, as they beat the Rome Braves, 5-3.
Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the 6th, the Catfish began chipping away at the Rome lead. With 1 out, Cesar Suarez and Nevin Ashley singled. Suarez moved to third on a fly ball by Ryan Royster. Quinn Stewart walked to load the bases. Matt Fields grounded to second to apparently end the inning, but Rome 1B Larry Williams misplayed the throw from 2B Chase Fontaine, allowing Suarez to score.
In the 8th, the Catfish tied the game. Suarez led off with a double. With 1 out, Royster doubled over the center field wall, scoring Suarez. After a pitching change, Stewart singled on a liner to left, plating Royster to tie the game.
In the 10th, Ashley began the inning with a double to center. Royster followed with his 13th homers of the season, clinching the game for the Catfish.
Royster was 3-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle, driving in 3 runs, and raised his team-leading batting average to .314 and moving into the top 10 in the league. Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4, upping his average to .311. Stewart, Ashley, and Suarez also had 2 hits for the Catfish.
Starter Woods Fines allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits in 6 innings, striking out 5 in a no-decision. Neal Frontz pitched 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced. Columbus native Brian Baker picked up his 2nd win, throwing 2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.
The Catfish have won 17 of 21 games this season from Rome. The series continues Thursday night.