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By DAVE ROSENGRANT



FRED ADAMS/For The Times LeaderRailRiders David Adams dives back to first base as Pawtucket's Brandon Snyder is late with the tag on the play in the third inning.
FRED ADAMS/For The Times LeaderRailRiders David Adams dives back to first base as Pawtucket's Brandon Snyder is late with the tag on the play in the third inning.
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Turning point: The PawSox scored five runs in the top of the eighth to take an 8-3 lead.
Play of the Game: RailRiders reliever Josh Spence made a cat-like-reflex catch on a hard line drive off the bat of the Pawtucket's Jeremy Hazelbaker in the top of the ninth inning.
Player of the Game: Pawtucket second baseman Justin Henry, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Stat of the Game: After allowing two runs in the first inning, SWB pitcher Dellin Betances didn't allow any hits for the remainder of his four-inning outing.
Time of Game: 3:11
Attendance: 5,016
Today's Game: The third game of the four-game series is at 7:05 p.m.
Today's Probables: Pawtucket LHP Chris Hernandez vs. RailRiders TBA. New York right-hander Phil Hughes was slated to pitch for SWB, but will instead start for New York.
On Deck: The series against the PawSox concludes tomorrow then the RailRiders welcome Rochester to town for a three-game set.
Today at PNC Field: Today is Greg Legg Day and the first 2,500 fans will receive a Greg Legg bobblehead. There will also be bonus fireworks.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
How They Scored
PAWTUCKET FIRST: Jeremy Hazelbaker singled. Justin Henry singled, Hazelbaker to second. Drew Sutton walked to load the bases. Ryan Lavarnway struck out. Bryce Bretz struck out. Brandon Snyder singled to score Hazelbaker and Henry. Mark Hamilton grounded out. RED SOX 2-0
PAWTUCKET FIFTH: Jonathan Diaz lined out. Jeremy Hazelbaker tripled. Justin Henry hit a sacrifice fly. Drew Sutton flied out. RED SOX 3-0
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Melky Mesa walked and stole second. Cody Johnson walked. Austin Romine singled to load the bases. Thomas Neal doubled scoring Mesa, Johnson and Romine. Gil Velasquez reached on fielder's choice, Neal out at third. David Adams struck out. Corban Joseph grounded out. TIED 3-3
PAWTUCKET EIGHTH: Justin Henry singled. Drew Sutton doubled, Henry to third. Ryan Lavarnway was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bryce Brentz safe on fielder's choice, Lavarnway out at second, Henry scored. Brandon Snyder singled to score Sutton. Mark Hamilton hit a three-run home run. J.C. Linares walked. Jonathan Diaz struck out. Jeremy Hazelbaker struck out. RED SOX 8-3
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Zoilo Almonte singled. Dan Johnson struck out. Melky Mesa walked, Almonte to second. Cody Johnson struck out. Austin Romine singled to score Almonte. Thomas Neal struck out. RED SOX 8-4
RED SOX NINTH: Jeremy Hazelbaker lined out. Justin Henry singled. Drew Sutton doubled, Henry to third. Ryan Lavarnway doubled, Henry scored. Sutton out at home trying to score. Bryce Brentz grounded out. RED SOX 9-4


MOOSIC — There was no question that Dellin Betances' first start of 2013 was an improvement on several of his outings from 2012.
Unfortunately for Betances and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Pawtucket spoiled the opening week festivities for the second night in a row with a 9-4 victory.
Betances, a 6-foot-8 right-hander, shook off the rust from a first inning when he allowed two runs on a single to Justin Snyder. After that, he only gave up one more baserunner the remainder of his four innings pitched. Last year, Betances had several outings when he struggled for much longer than one inning.
“It was definitely something positive to take for the next one out and I feel good. I'm gonna keep working hard and make better pitches,” said Betances, who struck out four and walked two in the outing. “Unfortunately I fell behind on Snyder and he got me there but after that I was able to settle down. Got good defense and was able to keep the team in the ballgame.”
More positives for the 25-year-old Betances is that when the PawSox loaded the bases in the first inning, he minimized the damage instead of letting it snowball, something that happened regularly last year. And two of the three hits he gave up in the first weren't hit hard and one that was hard was a shot to the mound that ricocheted off Betances' glove.
“In the first inning if I'm a little quicker and make that play maybe it'd be different,” he added. “Even the first inning I didn't feel it was bad. I felt like I didn't get out of control. Where last year I would get in certain situations like that and I wouldn't get out of the inning. That would be the game right there. But I felt like I made pitches.”
One problem for the RailRiders on the cold and blustery night was that the defending International League champion Red Sox used a big inning late to pull out the win.
It marked the second night in a row that the Red Sox scored five runs late to beat the home squad. On Friday, it didn't happen in extra innings like the night before. This time, the PawSox scored five in the top of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. The big hit of the frame came from Mark Hamilton, who launched a three-run home run over the Railhouse and bleachers in right field off SWB reliever Josh Romanski (0-1).
On a night when the wind chill dipped into the high 20s, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre also ran into a hot pitcher in PawSox starter Allen Webster, who showed why the Boston organization acquired him.
Webster, who was acquired by the Red Sox in the blockbuster deal last August that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers, worked out of a two-out jam in the bottom of the first then cruised for the next four innings only giving up two hits and three walks in five shutout innings.
Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, the RailRiders got something going against Pawtucket reliever Oscar Villareal (1-0). SWB loaded the bases with no outs to set up Thomas Neal, who was signed as a minor league free agent by the Yankees in January. The outfielder came through with a bases-clearing double splitting the gap in right field to tie the game at 3-3.

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