Around the minors 7.10.11

PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 3: A trio of homers, including two by Ryan Lavarnway, helped the Red Sox top starter Dylan Owen and the Bisons in the teams' final game before the All-Star break. Lavarnway broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a solo homer to deep left field, followed by Hector Luna's solo shot to center. Former PawSox outfielder Bubba Bell cut the lead to one in the fifth, stealing second before an RBI single by Jesus Feliciano. Owen later gave up a two-run shot to Lavarnway after a disputed call put Matt Sheely on first with a hit by pitch. Matt Fox, an International League All-Star, held the Bisons to two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He departed after hitting Fernando Martinez in the side with a pitch. Martinez stayed in the game and later scored on a double by Jason Botts against reliever Jason Rice following a Valentino Pascucci single. Luis Hernandez cut the deficit to one with his 36th RBI, on a sacrifice fly. Jack Egbert, who missed a start Friday with a rainout, pitched out of the bullpen for the first time as a Bison, replacing Owen for a perfect sixth. Pawtucket closer Randy Williams allowed the potential tying and winning runs on base on a Zach Lutz single and Martinez walk with two outs in the ninth, but he got Pascucci to fly out to the right fielder Sheely for the final out. The Bisons next play Thursday, hosting Rochester. Raul Chavez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a leadoff single in the third. The Red Sox swept the two-game set and lead the season series, 6-2. Owen had won his last two starts and hadn't lost since June 20. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW BRITAIN 4: The Binghamton Mets rallied from an early three-run deficit to score eight unanswered runs and run away with a victory at New Britain Stadium. Matt den Dekker reached base in all five trips to the plate and scored four runs to lead the B-Mets to their fourth straight victory. Binghamton (34-55) jumped on top in the first inning. Den Dekker drew a leadoff walk from erratic starter Brett Jacobson. Three batters later, Allan Dykstra plated den Dekker with a bloop double. New Britain (45-42) came back in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Collin McHugh loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a hit by pitch. Mike Hollimon drove in a pair for the Rock Cats with a single to right. Nate Hanson rounded out the three-run stanza with a sacrifice fly. The Rock Cats took a 4-1 lead in the fourth. McHugh walked Mark Dolenc to start the inning. Dolenc stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a second wild pitch from the right-hander. The B-Mets drew back within a run in the third. Den Dekker worked a leadoff walk. Jordany Valdespin followed with an RBI double to the right-center gap. Valdespin moved to third on a flyout and scored on a sac fly from Dykstra, making it 4-3. Binghamton took the lead for good in the fifth against Jacobson. Den Dekker smashed a one-out double and scored on Valdespin’s second double of the game to tie the score. After stealing third, Valdespin scored on a fielder’s choice by Dykstra to give the B-Mets a 5-4 lead. Jacobson was tagged with his fourth straight loss. He allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings and walked four. McHugh exited after four innings in favor of Brad Holt, who proved unhittable. The right-hander retired all six men he faced, including a pair of strikeouts, to earn his fourth win. Josh Satin provided Binghamton an insurance run in the seventh off reliever Blake Martin. Den Dekker worked out a leadoff walk, Valdespin sacrificed him to second and Satin drove him home with a double. The B-Mets added three runs in the ninth to provide some breathing room. Raul Reyes extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI double in the frame, tying his longest streak of the season. Stinson followed Holt with two scoreless innings before handing the lead to Rhiner Cruz. The Binghamton stopper finished the game with a scoreless ninth despite loading the bases with nobody out. Satin and Valdespin both enjoyed 2-for-4 showings with two doubles each. For Satin, it raised his Eastern League-leading total to 32 two-baggers. The B-Mets and Rock Cats wrap up the first half Monday. Right-hander Tobi Stoner (3-3, 5.77) will take the ball for Binghamton. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, TAMPA 5 (10 innings): Eric Niesen tossed a scoreless 10th for the Mets, setting the stage for a second straight walk-off win by St. Lucie. In the bottom of the inning, Rylan Sandoval doubled with one out. Newcomer Dimas Ponce singled him to third base, bringing Pedro Zapata to the plate. Zapata singled up the middle, plating Sandoval from third with the game-winning run. The Mets jumped to a 2-0 lead after three innings. In his first at-bat as a St. Lucie Met, Ponce singled in Francisco Pena with the first run of the game. Cory Vaughn then scored in the third before the Yankees could get on the board. After shutting down the Yankee lineup through four innings, Mets starter Armando Rodriguez ran into trouble in the fifth. Rodriguez hit the first two batters of the inning. A two-run triple then erased the Mets lead. The Yankees added a two-run homer before the Mets could get out of the inning trailing 4-2. Ponce pulled the Mets to within one, driving in Dock Doyle in the sixth. Francisco Pena tied the score in the seventh with an RBI single that scored Vaughn. Juan Lagares’ sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth, but a two-out RBI single allowed by Josh Edgin made it 5-5 and forced extra innings. Niesen got the win, recording his first decision with St. Lucie. Rodriguez struck out seven while allowing four runs on three hits in his five innings. Estarlin Morel and Mike Powers combined for three scoreless relief innings. The newcomer Ponce led the Mets with three hits while driving in two runs in his FSL debut. Vaughn also had three hits while scoring twice. Pena and Sandoval both chipped in with two hits. The Mets and Yankees close out their series Monday night at Digital Domain Park. Greg Peavey (2-0, 1.59 ERA) starts for St. Lucie. Box

GREENSBORO 3, SAVANNAH 1: The Greensboro Grasshoppers scored twice in the top of the ninth and took three of four games from Savannah. The Gnats (13-5/52-35) suffered only their second home series loss of 2011. The Gnats are 8-2-2 in their 12 home series in 2011. In a 1-all game in the ninth, Savannah reliever Ronny Morla issued one-out walks to left fielder James Wooster and catcher Jacob Realmuto. The next two Greensboro batters -- shortstop Daniel Black and center fielder Isaac Galloway -- singled. Wooster and Realmuto scored on consecutive plays to give the ‘Hoppers a 3-1 advantage. Morla fell to 1-1. With the Gnats trailing 1-0 entering the sixth, Aderlin Rodriguez evened the score with a solo homer. It was his team-leading 10th long ball. He finished 2-for-4. The Grasshoppers opened the scoring with an unearned run off Savannah starter Ryan Fraser in the first inning. For the second straight start, Fraser completed seven innings. He fanned five and walked two. Greensboro reliever Michael Brady earned the win after holding the Gnats scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. The Gnats had the bases loaded with one out in both the fifth and seventh innings, but did not score in either frame. The Gnats are off Monday. They begin a seven-game road trip in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday. Right-hander Taylor Whitenton (4-1, 2.69) will take on Lexington Legends left-hander Alex Sogard (1-3, 4.40) Tuesday in the series opener. Box

KINGSPORT 11, PRINCETON 2: Domingo Tapia allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings. Luke Stewart had three doubles in five at-bats and drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera had a three-run homer and four RBIs. Box

CONNECTICUT 2, BROOKLYN 1: Cyclones starter Jeff Walters (1-2, 3.04) was tagged with the loss despite allowing two runs in five innings. Walters has not yielded more than two earned runs in any of his five starts this season. Javier Rodriguez went 2-for-4, which gave him his fourth multi-hit performance in his last five games. Connecticut starter Luis Angel Sanz (2-2) tossed five scoreless innings en route to picking up the win. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second and doubled their lead in the following inning. Connecticut used a walk and two singles to score in the second, but needed just a solo homer in the third inning from their 2011 fourth-round pick, Jason King. With the Cyclones behind 2-0, Walters settled down and tossed scoreless fourth and fifth innings. The right-hander needed just six batters to record the six outs needed. The start marked the third time Walters has worked five innings or more this season. Left-hander Orlando Tovar worked a scoreless sixth to prevent a further deficit. After being blanked for six innings, the Cyclones scored a run in the seventh. Brian Harrison plated Danny Muno from third base on an infield single. Muno drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a groundout and moved to third on a single by Rodriguez. Trailing 2-1 with one out in the eighth, Amauris Valdez singled to snap an 0-for-18 hitless skid. However, Connecticut induced a groundball double play to end the inning without damage. The Cyclones bullpen worked a third scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth to maintain the 2-1 score. Casey Hauptman gave way to Hunter Carnavale for the final out of the inning, but not before shutting out the Tigers over 1 2/3 innings. Muno singled to lead off the ninth, but was caught attempting to steal second. After a strikeout and a groundout, Connecticut secured the victory. Box


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