RailRiders run season-best winning streak to five games

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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took a 3-2 decision from the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night before a crowd of 4,929 as SWB extended its season-best win streak to five.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took an early lead on Pawtucket in the top of the first. With Abiatal Avelino on first base following a one-out walk, Billy McKinney pulled a 3-2 pitch from Justin Haley over the right-field wall for a 2-0 RailRiders advantage. McKinney leads the team with 12 homers and ranked second behind Ryan McBroom with 28 RBI.

In the bottom of the inning, the PawSox cut the deficit to 2-1 as former RailRider Adam Lind singled off Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Chance Adams, driving in Tzu-Wei Lin with two outs.

Pawtucket had the opportunity for more damage off Adams, but stranded the bases loaded in the first, two runners in the second and one in both the third and fourth innings. The RailRiders right-hander pitched four innings in a no-decision, striking out three and walking four on 95 pitches.

The RailRiders added their final run of the night in the fifth. Zack Zehner singled and stole second. With two down, Avelino singled off the second-base bag, allowing Zehner to score and extend the lead to 3-1.

Pawtucket got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly.

Down the stretch, the SWB bullpen was excellent. The final three innings were scoreless and Joe Harvey pitched the final two for his sixth save.

The three-game series leading into the all-star break continues Saturday with a 6:15 p.m. scheduled first pitch between the RailRiders and PawSox. LHP Josh Rogers (6-5, 3.53) takes the ball for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and RHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 9.00) makes his third rehab start with Pawtucket.

Notes

Infielder Abiatal Avelino was promoted from Double-A Trenton to replace Tyler Wade, who had been called up by the New York Yankees.

Avelino has seen action at shortstop in 44 games with Trenton. He also played a pair at second. He was hitting .337 with two homers and 1o RBI with the Thunder.

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