PawSox Head Into All-Star Break With Victory Over Durham
Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release
(Durham, NC) – William Cuevas surrendered only three hits in eight innings, leading the Pawtucket Red Sox into the All-Star Break with a 4-1 win over the Durham Bulls on Sunday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The victory sealed a 4-3 road trip and a split of the four-game series for the PawSox (47-44).
Pawtucket scored three of its runs in the first two innings against Durham starter Justin Marks (2-9) and never relinquished the lead.
Henry Ramos reached on a two-out error in the first inning and scored on Chris Marrero’s line-drive double into left center field.
The red-hot Marrero, who will drive back to Charlotte to participate in this week’s Triple-A Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, hit .577 (15-for-26) on the road trip. In his six games on the trip, he also tallied eight extra-base hits and eight RBI.
The following frame began with a Jantzen Witte double. The next batter, Ryan Court, drove him home with a double off the blue monster in left field. Later in the inning, a throwing error by shortstop Taylor Mottor allowed Court to cross home plate and extend the PawSox advantage to 3-0.
The lead was plenty for Cuevas (6-3), who earned his second win of the road trip.
Cuevas allowed only one hit over the first five innings and the knock was the lone blemish on his final line.
Dayron Varona lifted a home run (12) that was high enough to clear the left field fence in the third inning, pulling the Bulls (40-52) within two runs.
Cuevas threw only 95 pitches in eight innings of work, retiring eight of the final nine batters he faced.
The PawSox picked up an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on Mike Miller’s RBI single. The fourth Pawtucket run was set up by Durham’s fifth error of the contest.
Pat Light, making his first appearance since his latest stint with Boston, pitched around a double and a walk in the bottom of the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Pawtucket improved its record against the International League South division to 12-7.
The PawSox will return home following the All-Star Break to open a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights beginning Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox radio network begins at 6:35 p.m.
The upcoming homestand will be highlighted by Friday’s ‘80s-themed fireworks and Saturday’s replica team jersey giveaway. Good seats for all four games are still available at the McCoy Stadium box office; call (401) 724-7300 or visit pawsox.com to get your tickets today.