Chapman helps Bats win third in a row [Sports]

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By Josh Cook

Aroldis Chapman made sure mothers, and Louisville Bats fans alike, went home happy Sunday.

The highly-touted rookie left-handed pitcher held the Rochester Red Wings to just four hits and one earned run over 5 2/3 innings in Louisville's 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon (aka Mother's Day) at Louisville Slugger Field.

Chapman improved to 3-1 with the Bats, who also won their third straight game, as he struck out six - although he did walk five - in lowering his earned run average to 2.84.

The Bats' bats gave Chapman enough run support to help Louisville (11-19) post its first three-game win streak of the young season. The Bats scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings and also tallied two in the seventh.

Left fielder Todd Frazier got Louisville on the scoreboard first with his second home run of the season in the second inning. In the third Zack Cozart doubled with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch by Rochester starter Ryan Mullins (2-2) then scored on another wild throw by Mullins.

The Red Wings (12-18) made it 2-1 in the fourth on Luke Hughes solo homer off of Chapman.

But the Bats came back with a run in the sixth on Wilkin Castillo's RBI groundout, then added a pair in the seventh on Wladimir Balentien's two-run single.

Rochester added a meaningless run in the ninth.

After the game moms were allowed onto Slugger Field to play catch with their sons and/or daughters.

Castillo and Louisville native Chris Burke led the Bats with two hits apiece.

Louisville begins a four-game series with Buffalo at 7:05 p.m. Monday night. The Bats lost three of four games against the Bison on the first four days of this month.

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