MOOSIC, Penn. — The Pawtucket Red Sox offense remained quiet, as the PawSox fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 7-2, on Tuesday night at PNC Field.
The RailRiders (20-16) scored consistently in the middle innings, and a trio of Scranton pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts (against just one walk) in the second matchup of the four-game set. The PawSox (15-19) have now lost a season-worst six games in a row and have scored two runs or fewer in five of those six games. The six-game slide is Pawtucket’s longest since August 2015.
Pawtucket first baseman Sam Travis (2-for-4, HR) recorded his 11th multi-hit game of the season, raising his average to .262. Third baseman Matt Dominguez and second baseman Mike Miller chipped in with a pair of singles each.
Pawtucket starter Henry Owens (L, 3-2) yielded five runs on six hits and seven walks and a hit batter in 4.2 innings. Marcus Walden (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and Jamie Callahan (1 IP, 0 R) followed in relief. The 22-year old Callahan, who joined Pawtucket on Thursday, has only allowed two runs in 14 innings this season between the PawSox and Double-A Portland.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Bryan Mitchell allowed a run on five hits in 3.2 innings, and long reliever Tyler Webb (W, 3-0) followed with 3.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts, including five consecutive from the end of the fifth through the start of the seventh.
After stranding two runners in each of the first two innings, the RailRiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third when cleanup man Mike Ford pulled a two-run shot to right field.
The PawSox sliced the deficit in half in the fourth. Designated hitter Bryce Brentz singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out RBI single to center from Miller.
Ford struck again in the fourth. With the bases loaded and two outs, he tagged a wall-ball double to straightaway center to plate two and extend the lead to 4-1.
Scranton tacked on another run in the fifth after a single, a pair of walks, three stolen bases and a wild pitch that chased Owens.
The RailRiders widened the gap to 7-1 in the bottom of the seventh when left fielder Mark Payton stroked an opposite-field, two-run blast to left.
Travis connected on a line-drive solo home run to left in the top of the eighth inning to help the PawSox inch closer, 7-2.
The PawSox continue their seven-game road trip against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at PNC Field. PawSox right-hander Shawn Haviland (2-3, 3.11) is scheduled to oppose RailRiders righty Luis Cessa (2-3, 3.90).