Pawtucket Tops ’Riders
MOOSIC — They got close a couple of times.
Mike Tauchman’s double in the fourth inning cut the lead to three runs, with two more runners in scoring position.
Logan Morrison’s second home run of the game trimmed it to two in the seventh.
The RailRiders, however, couldn’t overcome that first inning.
Pawtucket ran out to six runs in the top of the first off Drew Hutchison, then held off the RailRiders the rest of the way for an 11-8 win Tuesday at PNC Field.
Marco Hernandez had four hits, including a homer, and Josh Ockimey and Gorkys Hernandez also homered as Pawtucket pounded 15 hits, one shy of its season high, and that’s without much help from a pair of rehabbing big leaguers.
Brock Holt went 1 for 5 with a double that brought in the game’s first run. Dustin Pedroia, the former American League MVP, went 1 for 5 with a single in the sixth. The rest of the Pawtucket lineup went 13 for 33 with five walks.
Pawtucket sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and five had hits. Rusney Castillo’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0 with two outs. With the bases loaded, Gorkys Hernandez hit a sharp grounder up the middle that went as a fielding error on second baseman Brad Miller and brought in a run.
No. 9 hitter Juan Centeno followed with a single that scored two more, and when Trey Amburgey’s throw to the plate went long, ultimately cleared the bases for a 6-0 lead.
Hutchison allowed eight runs in four innings, though only three were earned. He allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out two.
The RailRiders made Pawtucket starter Mike Shawaryn work, too, drawing seven walks in 3⅔ innings.
Morrison — who was 4 for 31 heading into Tuesday — made it 6-1 with a homer in the second, his first as a RailRider. Breyvic Valera, who reached base five times, added a two-run shot in the third.
Tauchman’s two-out, two-run double to left field cut it to 8-5 in the fourth and chased Shawaryn from the game. Pawtucket got one of the runs back in the top of the fifth, but Ryan McBroom brought the deficit back to three with a two-out double in the fifth.
Morrison’s second home run, a towering blast to the lawn in center off reliever Josh Taylor, got the RailRiders within 9-7 in the seventh, but that’s the closest they’d get.
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