Five-run second inning powers Chiefs past Gwinnett

The Syracuse Chiefs (53-36) put five runs on the board in the second winning against the Gwinnett Braves (42-48), going on to win 6-1. It's the second straight win for the Chiefs, who won in walk-off fashion at NBT Bank Stadium on Saturday night.

All-Star Aaron Laffey started on the mound for Syracuse, throwing seven innings, giving up just three hits and one run in the process. Laffey earned his 11th win of the season, the first to 11 wins in the International League.

Gwinnett pitcher Hector Rodriguez got in trouble in the second when he lost control of the strike zone. With two runners on, first he walked Josh Johnson to load the bases. He then walked Laffey to force in a run. After getting Jeff Kobernus to fly out, Rodriguez walked Zach Walters, giving Syracuse a 2-1 lead. Steven Souza Junior continued his hot streak after that, clearing the bases with a double down the left field line, giving the Chiefs a decisive 5-1 lead. Syracuse added another run in the fifth, going on to win 6-1.

The two squads play again in Gwinnett on Monday at 6:35 p.m.