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Ken Bell

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Three straight hits off two Rochester pitchers, including an RBI single by David Ortiz, keyed a three-run fifth inning in a come-from-behind 5-4 victory for the Pawtucket Red Sox in their home opener.

Ortiz, playing the first game of an injury-rehabilitation assignment for the PawSox, collected a pair of singles in a 2-for-3 performance. His second hit preceded a double by Mark Hamilton off starter Kyle Gibson and a single by Drew Sutton off reliever Caleb Thielbar.

The first runs at McCoy in 2013 scored in the second inning, when Rochester's Mark Sobolewski homered with one on and two out off PawSox starter Chris Hernandez, who had a no-decision.

Pawtucket tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. Justin Henry delivered the first of his two singles, before Jose Iglesias pulled a low line drive just inside the left-field foul pole, 325 feet away. It was Iglesias's second at-bat since being optioned from Boston to Pawtucket.

Besides Ortiz and Henry, Sutton also collected multiple hits, as the PawSox improved to 6-1, their best seven-game start in franchise history.

Reliever Jose De La Torre (1-0) worked 2 1/3 innings en route to the win, despite allowing a two-run homer by Oswaldo Arcia in the seventh. He combined with Hernandez and relievers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Anthony Carter, who got the save, to strike out 13 Red Wings.

The second game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 on Friday, when Warwick, R.I. resident Terry Doyle (1-0, 0.00) opposes Shairon Martis (0-1, 6.00).