PawSox news release...
(Pawtucket, RI) – Chris and Deven Marrero homered in consecutive innings against the rehabbing Alex Cobb, spurring the Pawtucket Red Sox to 5-4 victory over the Durham Bulls on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket (62-55) has won 13 of its last 15 home games and all five of its series at McCoy since the All-Star Break. This is the first time the PawSox have won five consecutive home series in at least the last 12 years.
Pawtucket starter Brian Johnson (5-4) allowed three runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Johnson faced the minimum 15 batters from the second to sixth innings.
“After the first inning, [Johnson] was able to command his mix,” said manager Kevin Boles. “There were some late swings, some chase swings and I thought he did a good job.”
Johnson is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last three starts. Two of the four runs he has allowed in those outings came in Wednesday’s opening inning.
After two singles and two outs to open the game, Curt Casali blooped an RBI single into shallow center field to open the scoring. The next batter, Daniel Robertson, lined an RBI single into right field, but Henry Ramos unleashed a bullet to throw out Casali trying to advance to third base.
The PawSox quickly responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame against Cobb (0-1), who was making the fifth start of his rehab assignment but the first in Triple-A.
Rusney Castillo led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on the catcher Casali’s errant throw to second base.
Marco Hernandez drove home Castillo with a triple to right center field, his third triple in his last five games.
Castillo added a triple of his own in the next inning, earning him his ninth multi-hit performance in his last 13 games. He is hitting a league-leading .418 (23-for-55) in that time.
After Hernandez’s knock, Chris Marrero, lifted a sacrifice fly to center field that brought home Hernandez with the tying run.
Pawtucket took the lead in the second inning when Deven Marrero blasted his first home run of the season into the PawSox bullpen.
His cousin Chris hammered his 21st home run of the year on to the berm in left field in the third inning. The pair of round trippers gave Pawtucket a 4-2 advantage.
This was the first time both Marrero cousins went deep in the same professional game.
Brennan Boesch delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning to extend the PawSox lead to 5-2.
The Bulls (53-65) strung together three singles in the seventh inning, capped by Dayron Varona’s RBI single that knocked Johnson out of the game.
Joe Kelly entered the game and recorded a pair of strikeouts to retain a 5-3 Pawtucket lead.
The first strikeout was an 11-pitch battle with Johnny Field that ended in a called strike three, while Kelly blew a fastball by Jake Hager to claim the second punch-out.
Kelly also tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Despite surrendering a home run (13) to J. P. Arencibia off the batter’s eye to lead off the ninth, Noe Ramirez struck out each of the next three Durham hitters to earn his fifth save of the season for the PawSox.
Pawtucket improved its record to seven games over .500 for the first time since 2014.
The PawSox conclude their six-game homestand and three-game series with the Bulls tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. Pawtucket lefthander Roenis Elias (8-4, 3.72) is scheduled to make the start against Durham righthander Jacob Faria (3-3, 4.74). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox radio network begins at 11:35 a.m.