Looking to charge back into contention, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre made one of its biggest statements of the season on Saturday.
The RailRiders racked up 12 runs on 18 hits against first-place Pawtucket, pounding the Red Sox 12-4 on the road to give the team a boost headed into July.
Fernando Martinez made the biggest impact, clubbing a pair of home runs to finish the night 4-for-6 with an impressive six RBI.
Those were two of the four homers on the evening for the RailRiders (38-44), as Dan Hohnson and Brent Lillibridge also left the yard.
It was the kind of impact the club was hoping for when it acquired Martinez in a trade with the Houston Astros earlier this month.
Lillibridge and Martinez both homered in a decisive seven-run fourth inning that erased an early 2-0 deficit. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on four more in the fifth and blanked Pawtucket over the final four frames for the win.
J.R. Murphy also had four hits in the win while Lillibridge had three, adding two doubles to his home run.
Graham Stoneburner pitched five innings for the win while the team of Dellin Betances and Yoshinori Tateyama held down the Sox (50-31) in relief, allowing just two combined hits.
Recently demoted from Boston, Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4 with a walk for the Sox.
The series continues at 1:05 p.m. today in Pawtucket.