PAWTUCKET, RI -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks started a rehab assignment on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he had the game-winning hit for Pawtucket.
Middlebrooks homered during a four-run seventh inning, and the Pawtucket Red Sox came from behind to beat the Charlotte Knights 7-4 on Wednesday in game two of their four-game series from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. The first place PawSox earned their 36th win of the 2013 season and third against the Knights in six games this year.
Making his second rehab start with the PawSox, Middlebrooks launched a three-run home run during the seventh inning to give Pawtucket their first lead of the game (6-4). At the time, the PawSox were trailing the Knights 4-3.
The home run came on a 3-1 count from reliever Jhan Carlos Marinez (2-4, 6.33), who allowed fours over just 0.2 innings. Marinez allowed two home runs in the inning (a solo homer to Jeremy Hazelbacker) before being lifted for reliever Dan Remenowsky. Marinez was saddled with the loss.
The loss spoiled a solid outing by Charlie Leesman, who returned to Pawtucket for the first time since his left ACL tear on September 11, 2012. Wednesday’s visit went a lot better than his last.
Making just his third start of the season, Leesman allowed three runs (two earned) over five innings of work. The Cincinnati native walked two and struck-out four on Wednesday.
His last outing in Pawtucket, which took place during game one of the Governors' Cup championship, lasted just 0.1 innings before he left that game with a devastating ACL injury. Nearly nine months later he returned to that same mound.
Reliever Pedro Beato, who came on in relief of starter Chris Hernandez, earned the win in game two. Beato (4-1, 1.95) allowed two hits over 1.1 scoreless innings. Former Knights reliever Anthony Carter recorded the final three outs in the ninth inning for the save. It was his eighth save of the season.
Knights outfielder Blake Tekotte led the way offensively with four hits, including his 16th double of the season. Mike McDade extended his hit streak to eight games. He was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
The Knights and PawSox will continue their series on Thursday from Pawtucket with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. RHP Simon Castro (1-6, 5.14) will start for the Knights against Pawtucket RHP Allen Webster (5-0, 2.57).