Red Sox: Julio Lugo went 4-for-4, David Ortiz had three RBI and Clay Buchholz threw six shutout innings as the Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Rangers with an 8-3 win at Fenway Park. The Sox produced all their runs in the fourth and fifth inning off Dustin Nippert, who relieved ex-Sox pitcher Kason Gabbard when he departed after two innings due to a stiff back. Dustin Pedroia had two hits and two RBI while Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and two stolen bases. Buchholz, who had the worst start of his brief big league career Wednesday against the Yankees, allowed just five hits and walked two while striking out six. The Sox, who have won five in a row, will open a three-game series against the Angels tonight.
Triple-A Pawtucket: Gil Velazquez' RBI single scored Jeff Bailey with the winning run in the 10th inning as the PawSox edged Buffalo, 6-5, in front of 4,132 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. The PawSox, who trailed 4-1 after three innings, took a 5-4 lead in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Velazquez and a two-run single by Jonathan Van Every. But Lee Gronkiewicz gave up his first run of the season in the ninth inning. Gronkiewicz had thrown eight shutout innings in his first eight appearances. Lincoln Holdzkom worked around two walks to throw a scoreless 10th and earn the win. Five PawSox relievers combined to allow just the one run on four hits in six innings following Kyle Snyder, who made his first start of the season and gave up four runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four in four innings. Keith Ginter was 3-for-4 with a solo homer while Velazquez, Van Every and Bailey all had two hits each. The PawSox are off tonight and will open a three-game series against Syracuse Wednesday in Pawtucket.
Double-A Portland: The Sea Dogs' eight-game winning streak came to a somber halt as outfielder Jay Johnson suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in a 9-3 loss to New Hampshire, 9-3, in front of 5,107 at Hadlock Field in Portland, ME. (For more on Johnson's injury, see the story elsewhere on this site) Mark Wagner had two RBI and Sandy Madera remained red-hot by going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Madera, who was signed out of the independent Can-Am League last week, has a hit in all five games with the Sea Dogs and is hitting .450. Michael Bowden took the loss after he allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out five in 4 2/3 innings. Bowden has yet to last five innings in any of his four starts. The Sea Dogs host New Hampshire again tonight, when Kris Johnson is scheduled to start.
Single-A Lancaster: The JetHawks were off Monday. They begin a three-game series against Modesto tonight, when Jimmy James is scheduled to take the mound.
Single-A Greenville: Che-Hsuan Lin went 3-for-3 and Mike Jones extended his streak of multi-hit games to eight with a 2-for-4 performance, but the rest of the Drive combined for just two hits in a 5-2 loss to Augusta in front of 1,388 in Augusta, GA. Jones has a 13-game hitting streak. Anthony Rizzo had an RBI but went hitless as his 11-game hitting streak ended. Josh Reddick also had an RBI for the Drive. Eamonn Portice took the loss after he allowed five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Bard continued his brilliant start with 2 2/3 perfect innings of relief in which he struck out three. It was the fourth time in seven appearances this year that Bard had thrown at least two hitless innings. Overall, he has given up just five hits and two walks while striking out 19 in 14 1/3 innings. The Drive is off tonight and will begin a six-game homestand Tuesday, when it hosts Asheville.
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