MOOSIC — Not even the presence of a certain Hall of Fame major league shortstop could stop the mastery.
Clayton Mortensen was just too sharp for too long.
The Pawtucket pitcher carried a no-hitter halfway through the game Saturday and completely handcuffed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders as Pawtucket overcame a late rally to win 5-4 in 10 innings at PNC Field.
That RailRiders lineup included the final Triple-A rehab appearance by New York Yankees icon Derek Jeter, who singled during his final at-bat in the sixth inning but finished 1-for-3 while facing Mortensen.
He wasn’t the only one in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s batting order who had trouble with Pawtucket’s righthander.
The RailRiders didn’t have a single hit against Mortensen until catcher J.R. Murphy dumped a single into center field with two outs in the fifth inning.
Mortensen surrendered consecutive two-out singles to Jeter and Dan Johnson in the sixth inning, but Johnson was gunned down at second base trying to stretch the hit to end the inning.
After he left, the RailRiders scored four runs to send the game into extra innings, the first two on a single by Addison Maruszak in the eighth inning and the game-tying runs on Neil Medchell’s two-out, two-run single in the ninth.
But Pawtucket went ahead 5-4 when Justin Henry took third on a single by Heiker Meneses in the top of the 10th, and Henry continued home when the throw to third by left fielder Ronnier Mustelier hit Henry and ricocheted away.
Jeter, who’s expected to rejoin the Yankees on Monday after recovering from a Grade 1 quad strain that sidelined him earlier in August, didn’t exactly dazzle in the last of his three rehab games with the RailRiders at PNC Field. He went 1-for-3 a the plate, grounding out to second base and to shortstop during his first two trips to the plate Saturday.
Jeter also committed his second error of the series, again allowing Meneses to reach base, when his throw to first base after fielding a hopper sailed wide of first base. Jeter’s first error of this rehab stint also allowed Meneses to reach safely, when a high hopper bounced off the shortstop’s glove Thursday.
Meanwhile, Pawtucket threatened to bounce the RailRiders from the International League playoff race.
Tony Thomas doubled and scored Pawtucket’s first run on an error in the third inning, then he reached on an error and scored on a single by Jackie Bradley Jr. to give the PawSox a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning.
Mark Hamilton gave Pawtucket and extra run in the eighth, when he doubled and eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Jeter’s replacement in the game Maruszak singled home two runs to pull the RailRiders within one in the eighth inning. But Pawtucket got some breathing room in the ninth, when Brock Holt doubled and scored on a single by Ryan Lavarnway.