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MOOSIC - Through the past week, Chris Leroux has been bounced around like a ping-pong ball.


But he bounced back with a vengeance Monday night.


Leroux pitched six solid innings in his return to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after a short stay away, sparking the RailRiders to a 6-4 victory over Pawtucket and a split of the four-game series with the high-flying PawSox.


The activity Leroux has endured during the previous six days didn’t exactly have him doing splits.


He’s been called up the to big leagues, designated for assignment, taken off the roster of the parent New York Yankees, passed up on the waiver wire and finally outrighted to the RailRiders - all since last Wednesday.


“I don’t think he’s pitched in a game in a week and a half,” said RailRiders catcher John Ryan Murphy, who did his part to support Leroux by poking an RBI single in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s three-run third inning.


But Leroux just rolled with the punches.


He punched out four PawSox in six innings of work, but more impressively, kept a Pawtucket lineup that had been blazing over the past two weeks contained to smoldering brush fire.


Leroux worked three 1-2-3 innings on the night, and the only run he allowed came on Garin Cecchini’s long solo home run in the second inning.


“He’s a professional. The first five innings he was throwing a lot of strikes,” Murphy said.


Leroux finished up by escaping a bases-loaded jam unscathed, when he induced Alex Hassan’s grounder that finished the sixth inning and the night for Leroux.


“Big inning. Big out,” RailRiders manager Dave Miley said. “That was probably his last batter. But he got through it, kept it a four-run game.”


By that time, the RailRiders had things well under control.


Jose Pirela scored two runs and Adonis Garcia had two RBI within the first three innings as the RailRiders supported Leroux’s strong start by giving him a 5-1 lead.


He never let it go.


“He’s been out (of action) for a little bit,” Miley said of Leroux. “He probably gave us more than maybe what we thought, to be honest. When he’s been with us, he’s thrown well.”


Meanwhile, the RailRiders offense got going early against Pawtucket knuckleballer Steven Wright.


Pirela and Rob Refsnyder started the game with singles, and Adonis Garcia lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Pirela home. Austin Romine came through with a clutch, two-out RBI double later in the inning as the RailRiders roared to a 2-0 lead.


“It was nice to score some runs off him, for once,” Miley said of Wright.


The RailRiders didn’t stop there.


Cecchini crushed his solo homer onto the Budweiser Railhouse pavilion in right field in the second inning, but the RailRiders answered right back.


Pirela singled, moved to second base on a passed ball and Garcia singled him home. But the RailRiders were only warming up. Kyle Roller kept things rolling with a double to left field to score Garcia and Murphy reached down and dunked a two-out single into right field to score Roller with a 5-1 RailRiders lead.


“It’s not fun,” Murphy said of facing the knuckler. “He threw it extra-slow, it gave me a chance to stay on it. You just never know whether it’s going to be on or not. Tonight, his was a little bit of both.”


“The one he threw to Murphy, he just hit it where it was pitched,” Miley said. “It’s the old saying, if it’s high, let it fly, if it’s low, let it go. The guys who tried to pull them struggled. The guys who just took what they could get had a good night.”


The night got a little troublesome for the RailRiders when Travis Shaw clubbed a two-run homer in the eighth inning, pulling Pawtucket within two runs.


But Matt Daley worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season, striking out the final batter with a man on second to end it.


***

RailRiders 6, Pawtucket 4

Pawtucket`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Mookie Betts 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wll Middlebrks 3b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Travis Shaw 1b`4`1`1`2`0`0`1


Ryan Lavrnwy dh`3`0`2`0`0`0`0


Alex Hassan rf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Garin Cecchini lf`4`1`1`1`0`0`1


Deven Marrero ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Corey Brown cf`4`1`2`0`1`1`0


Dan Butler c`4`0`1`0`1`0`0


Totals`34`4`8`3`2`1`2


RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Jose Pirela 2b`4`2`3`0`0`0`0


Rob Refsnydr rf`4`2`2`0`1`0`0


Adonis Garcia cf`3`1`1`2`0`0`0


Kyle Roller dh`3`1`2`1`1`0`0


Austin Romine 1b`4`0`2`2`1`0`0


JR Murphy c`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Rob Segedin 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Dugas lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Crmn Angelini ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`33`6`11`6`3`0`0


Pawtucket`010`000`120`—`4


RailRiders`203`000`10x`—`6


DP: Pawtucket 1, RailRiders 1. LOB: Pawtucket 5, RailRiders 6.


Pawtucket`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Steven Wright (L, 5-2)`6.0 `9`5`5`1`5


Drake Britton `1.0 `2`1`1`1`0


Miguel Celestino `1.0 `0`0`0`0`3


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Chris Leroux (W, 3-2)`6.0`4`1`1`2`4


Joel De La Cruz `2.0`3`3`3`0`3


Matt Daley (S, 9)`1.0`1`0`0`0`1


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