After a strong stretch of winning nine out of ten, the Pawtucket Red Sox have now lost three straight, falling last night to the Syracuse Chiefs 5-4 at McCoy.
The PawSox took a 2-0 lead after three innings on a RBI double by Jack Hannahan in the second and a sacrifice fly by the rehabbing Jason Varitek in the third.
Syracuse would score three runs in the fifth to take the lead. After LF Chase Lambin walked, back-to-back doubles by RF Pete Orr and DH Jamie Burke plated two runs. One out later Burke scored on a single by CF Michael Martinez.
The PawSox knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth on a fielder’s choice ground out by Lars Anderson.
Syracuse took the lead for good in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by 2B Seth Bynum and a Lambin solo homer.
The PawSox loaded the bases with no one out in the eight but could only score one run. It came on a fielder’s choice by Jorge Jimenez.
Pawtucket starter Fabio Castro gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings, but did not figure in the decision. He walked two and struck out seven.
Michael Bowden (6-4) took the loss for the PawSox, giving up the two Syracuse runs in the eighth.
The two teams wrap-up the 2010 season this afternoon at 1:05p.m. Erik Arnesen (6-7, 3.94 ERA) takes the mound for the Chiefs. Ramon Ramirez (4-5, 5.03 ERA) starts for the PawSox.
NOTES: Varitek made his first rehab start for the PawSox yesterday, working behind the plate and going 1 for 2 with an RBI. He is slated to serve as the PawSox’ DH in today’s season finale.
The Red Sox yesterday promoted RP Robert Coello to join the Boston bullpen.