(Pawtucket, RI) – Pawtucket broke open a tie game by scoring a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings during which MLB-rehabbing Shane Victorino singled and scored in each as the PawSox topped the Buffalo Bisons, 5-2, Thursday night in front of 7,042 fans at McCoy Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.
Victorino, playing in the fourth game of his most recent injury rehab assignment, lasted the entire game in right field and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The 33-year-old, on the disabled list since May 25th, is attempting to return to Boston from a hamstring strain and a back injury and is now 2-for-10 since resuming action last week with Lowell.
Victorino scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a throwing error after going from first to third on Travis Shaw’s hit-and-run single. Left-fielder Brad Glenn’s throw to third hit Victorino and bounded into foul ground allowing each runner to advance. Pawtucket (52-48) has won six of eight to move within 2 ½ games of Rochester in the IL Wild Card standings.
Alex Hassan homered in the second (5), a towering drive to left against Buffalo starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx that gave Pawtucket an early 1-0 lead. It was Hassan’s third straight game with a home run. But the Bisons tied the score in the third on Kevin Pillar’s RBI double against PawSox starter Chris Hernandez.