The Pawtucket Red Sox scored four runs early and hung on to nip the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3 this afternoon at McCoy in the 2010 season finale.
The PawSox got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. With one out Jorge Jimenez reached on a walk. After Gil Velazquez popped out, Jimenez advanced to second on a wild pitch by Chiefs starter Erik Arnerson (6-8). James Kang doubled home Jimenez and scored on Josh Reddick’s two-run homer to right.
Pawtucket added another run in the fourth on a Jimenez triple and Velazquez double.
Syracuse chipped away with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth but were unable to complete the comeback.
PawSox starter Ramon Ramirez (5-5) got the win, going 5 2/3 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Two of Ramirez’ three runs given up were on solo homers, by 3B Pete Orr and C Jamie Burke.
The PawSox end the 2010 season with a record of 66-78, 4 1/2 games better than their 2009 record of 61-82. Pawtucket finishes in fourth place in the I.L. North Division.
NOTES: Jason Varitek made his second rehab start for the PawSox, going 1 for 3 as the Pawtucket DH.
Before tonight’s Red Sox game, Boston has announced the promotion of PawSox 1B Lars Anderson. Anderson will be making his Boston debut tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston also announced the promotion of Reddick, who may see action as early as tomorrow night.