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June 26. 2013 1:26AM

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Jose Ramirez pitched six innings of three-hit ball and teamed with two relievers for a four-hit shutout as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beat the Syracuse Chiefs 5-0.

Tuesday was the seventh time the RailRiders have shutout an opponent this season.

Ramirez (1-1) faced the minimum through the first five innings and worked around two walks in the sixth inning to establish his scoreless line. Ramirez had walked four batters in each of his previous start, but did not walk a batter before the sixth inning on his way to striking out four batters.

Yoshinori Tateyama struck out the side in the seventh, and retired the Chiefs in order in the eighth to setup Mike Zagurski, who tossed a scoreless ninth.

The RailRiders scored all the runs Ramirez would need in the second. Dan Johnson led off the frame with a single to right field, and Randy Ruiz followed with a hard liner to left field that moved Johnson to second base.

Thomas Neal, who returned to the RailRiders from New York on Sunday, then hit a line drive to first baseman Carlos Rivero. It went under his glove and was ruled an error. It allowed Johnson to score as Ruiz moved up to second.

He scored Addison Maruszak’s sacrifice fly. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added insurance with a two-out, ninth-inning scoring spurt.

The RailRiders and Chiefs will play a doubleheader on Tuesday as part of a makeup of the rainout on June 7. The first game will get underway at 5 p.m., with David Huff (3-2, 3.60) the scheduled starter for the RailRiders. Chris Bootcheck (5-2, 3.36) will get the nod in game two.

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