Five Runs In 7th Inning Help PawSox Beat Bisons

Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release


Buffalo, NY – Pawtucket rallied for five two-out runs in the top of the seventh to break open a 1-1 game and the PawSox topped the Buffalo Bisons, 7-4, Thursday night on a windy night at Coca-Cola Field in the opener of a four-game series. 

Rubby De La Rosa tossed 5.2 dominant innings in his second-consecutive impressive start, retiring the final 12 batters he faced. De La Rosa combined with reliever Chris Resop (2-0) during one stretch to retire 17 consecutive Bisons hitters between the second and eighth innings.

Pawtucket (5-3) got solo home runs from Brandon Snyder (2) in the fourth and Bryce Brentz (1) in the ninth to bookend the five-run rally in the seventh. With two outs and two on base in that inning, Alex Hassan opened the scoring with a bloop RBI single against reliever Marcus Walden (0-1).

Walden then walked Ryan Lavarnway to load the bases and was replaced on the mound by righty John Stilson. Stilson promptly walked Snyder to force in the second run of the inning, and then allowed an infield RBI single to Brentz to make the score 4-1.

Garin Cecchini capped the rally by grounding the first pitch he saw into left field for a two-run single that increased the margin to 6-1. After Resop allowed three runs to Buffalo in the eighth, Brentz provided an insurance tally with a solo shot in the ninth against reliever Richard Bleier.

Drake Britton pitched the ninth for the PawSox and recorded his first career save. De La Rosa allowed only two hits and two walks in his 5.2 innings, striking out four in the process.

Brock Holt recorded three of Pawtucket's 11 hits on the night. Major Leaguer J.A. Happ started for Buffalo on injury rehab and allowed one run in 4.2 innings of work, with the tally coming on Snyder's homer.

Game two of the series is slated for a 6:05 pm first pitch on Friday night. Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (0-0, 3.60) will get the ball for manager Kevin Boles, while righty Kyle Drabek (0-0, 5.40) is expected to start for the Bisons. Radio coverage on 920 AM (WHJJ) and also streaming online begins at 5:50 pm

Following the eight-game road trip the PawSox return to McCoy Stadium for eight straight beginning Thursday night, April 18 against Buffalo. Limited tickets are available for all of the upcoming games at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting