PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (65-73) lifted four home runs on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox (58-80) on Saturday night at McCoy Stadium.
For a second-straight game, Maikel Franco put Lehigh Valley on the board in the first inning, lining a solo home run to left field to make it 1-0.
Pawtucket responded immediately in the bottom of the first on a solo homer from Cole Sturgeon.
In the fourth inning, Shane Robinson drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.
But once again, the PawSox countered in the bottom half of the inning, with a run crossing home plate after Tate Matheny was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Lehigh Valley jumped back in front in the sixth, scoring twice on a pair of bases-loaded walks. The Iron Pigs drew four walks in the inning.
Deivy Grullon's 20th home run of the season made it 5-2 in the seventh inning.
Then in the ninth inning, the Iron Pigs homered twice: once on an inside-the-park home run from Ali Castillo, and another on the second homer of the night by Grullon.
C.J. Chatham went 1-for-5, and he has now reached in 17 consecutive games.
Kyle Hart pitched past the fifth inning for the 13th time in his 15 starts with Pawtucket. The 26-year-old tossed 5.1 innings, giving up five hits, four earned runs, and five walks while striking out four.
The PawSox continue their series with the Iron Pigs tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. The game will be televised live on myRITV. Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM and 104.7 FM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the pre-game show at 12:35 p.m.
Tomorrow is the final Family Funday of the season. Fans can play catch on the field before the game and then run the bases afterward. Lastly, on September 2 (Monday), the PawSox will put the bow on 2019 with their traditional Last Game Celebration.
During the homestretch, the PawSox will admit for free children 16 and under. They'll also let "kids run the show" at each game. Parents also have the option to partake of a new "End of Summer Family Bargain" in which they each receive a General Admission ticket, $2 in loaded value (good for food, beverage, or merchandise), and a PawSox cap, all for $12 (a $26 value).
Good tickets are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and during all home games. Fans can also call (401) 724-7300 or log on to PawSox.com for tickets.
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