PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Indianapolis Indians (32-28) finally saw their winning streak come to a screeching halt on Sunday.
Indy’s bats went cold, getting no-hit through 5.1 innings, as the Pawtucket Red Sox (28-32) steamrolled to a 11-1 win to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tribe. Despite their season best seven-game win streak ending, the Indians still head home with a successful 5-1 road trip.
Pawtucket took it to Indianapolis pitching in this one, but it didn’t much matter with how the Tribe were hitting.
Boston Red Sox rehabber Tyler Thornburg pitched the opening inning, working around a walk to turn in a scoreless first. Josh Smith took the mound next and had the visitors’ number.
Smith went 4.1 innings, no-hitting the Indians until Chris Bostick singled in the sixth. He walked one and struck out seven during his time on the bump.
Kyle Martin took over following Bostick’s single, giving up a sacrifice fly to Jose Osuna for Indianapolis’ lone run of the ballgame.
Brandon Waddell pitched for the Tribe, but only got through three innings as the starter. The lefty surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks.
Jesus Liranzo replaced Waddell in the fourth and struggled with his control. Liranzo walked four batters in the inning, with the big hit for the Sox coming in the form of an Ivan De Jesus Jr. bases clearing double.
Pawtucket wrapped up their big day at the plate with two RBI singles in the fifth versus Indians reliever Damien Magnifico. All 11 runs scored by the PawSox came with two outs.
Indianapolis returns to Victory Field on Monday for an important four-game series against the division-leading Toledo Mud Hens. Alex McRae (2-4, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to tie the rubber for the Tribe in the 7:05 p.m. opener.
As of this writing, Toledo leads Indy in the International League West by five games.