The Norfolk Tides (19-9) set a franchise record with their 10th home win in a row and increased their overall winning streak to eight, beating the Syracuse Chiefs 8-2 Friday night behind Jair Jurrjens’ eight innings of pitching.
After delighting most of a Harbor Park crowd of 5,710, the Tides are alone atop the International League's South Division for the first time in four years. Syracuse, the Washington Nationals' top affiliate, fell to 9-18.
Danny Valencia's three-run homer in the first inning got the Tides going. Veteran Lew Ford slugged a pair of solo home runs for Norfolk.
Trenton, the New York Yankees' Double-A affiliate, beat Richmond 3-1 in a series opener before 6,804 at The Diamond.
It was the fifth straight victory this year for the Thunder (16-12) over the Flying Squirrels (13-15) in as many meetings.
Former U.Va. standout Jarrett Parker doubled and scored on Brett Krill's single in the second inning, but the Squirrels never scored again.