ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester starter Jose Berrios quieted the Pawtucket Red Sox offense, as the PawSox dropped the road trip finale to the Red Wings, 3-1, on a cold Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field.
Rochester (14-11) used three RBI from second baseman Tommy Field to split the rain-shortened, two-game set with Pawtucket (13-13), which threatened in the ninth and placed the tying run aboard. The loss snapped Pawtucket’s four-game winning streak and serves as the only blemish on the four-game road trip.
Berrios (W, 3-0), the talented 22-year old from Puerto Rico, allowed just one run over 6.2 innings. The right-hander scattered six hits, didn’t walk a Pawtucket hitter and fanned four. The PawSox had scored 14 runs total in their previous two games.
Pawtucket starter Shawn Haviland (L, 2-3), meanwhile, turned in his fourth consecutive quality start, ceding three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings with six strikeouts. The 31-year old yielded just two hits after the first frame. Left-handed relievers Edgar Olmos and Robbie Ross Jr. followed, and the trio of pitchers combined to not allow a Rochester base runner after the fourth inning.
PawSox No. 3 hitter Steve Selsky (2-for-4, R, 2B) continued his hot stretch since joining the squad at the end of April. Selsky, who has now reached base in all seven games with Pawtucket, extended his hitting streak to six games and has recorded three multi-hit games in his last four.
The PawSox snatched a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Selsky and designated hitter Sam Travis connected on consecutive doubles.
Rochester, however, vaulted ahead 2-1 in the home half of the first on a two-run double to left field from Field.
The Red Wings stretched their lead to 3-1 in the third. Leadoff man Zack Granite singled up the middle, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Field.
Pawtucket threatened in the late innings. In the seventh, catcher Dan Butler tagged a one-out double into the left-field corner off Berrios, but reliever Buddy Boshers worked out of trouble. Then in the eighth, Red Wings right-hander Trevor Hildenberger navigated the heart of the PawSox order and stranded Selsky at second. Rochester righty Alex Wimmers (S, 3) earned the save despite putting the tying run aboard in the ninth.
Pawtucket left at least one on base in eight of the nine innings.
Following their weeklong road trip in New York, the PawSox return to McCoy Stadium on Monday at 6:05 p.m. to begin a three-game series with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Pawtucket right-hander Héctor Velázquez (1-0, 1.72) is scheduled to oppose RailRiders lefty Daniel Camarena (3-0, 0.98). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 5:35 p.m.
The seven-game homestand runs through Sunday. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.