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Toledo Tops Pawtucket, in Series Opener

July 25, 2017 - International League (IL) - Pawtucket Red Sox News Release

Pawtucket (50-50), which has only scored in one of its last 27 innings, only tallied five hits against the Mud Hens (44-55) and has now lost six straight games following a season-long eight-game winning streak.

PawSox starter Héctor Velázquez (L, 6-2) scattered eight hits over seven innings and only allowed two runs while collecting five punchouts. The 28-year old right-hander left two aboard in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and now has a 1.58 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts.

Pawtucket third baseman Matt Dominguez (2-for-3, 2B, BB) extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The 27-year old former first-round pick is 18-for-42 (.429) during the stretch with five multi-hit performances.

Toledo starter Josh Turley (W, 1-0) quieted the PawSox over five shutout innings in which he yielded three hits and three walks but stranded at least one runner in every frame. A trio of Mud Hens relievers, including prospect Joe Jimenez and former Red Sox righty Edward Mujica (S, 10), cemented the combined shutout.

Toledo third baseman Dominic Ficociello connected on a two-run home run in the second inning to power the Mud Hens to an early 2-0 advantage.

Mud Hens designated hitter Efren Navarro led off the bottom of the eighth inning by tripling off the right-field wall and later scoring on an RBI single from first baseman John Hicks.

Pawtucket continues its eight-game road trip Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. against the Toledo Mud Hens. PawSox right-hander Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 6.67) is scheduled to oppose Mud Hens lefty Anthony Vasquez (5-6, 4.44). Radio coverage on WHJJ (920 AM) and throughout the PawSox Radio Network begins with the PawSox Pre-Game Show at 11:35 a.m.

The PawSox return home next Tuesday (August 1) to begin a three-game series through Thursday. Good seats are available, and fans can visit the McCoy Stadium box office, which is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 5 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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