(PAWTUCKET, RI) — Pawtucket left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias allowed just two hits over 6.2 innings, and Chris Marrero homered again as the PawSox beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 6-0 on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI. Despite the loss, the Knights will head home to BB&T Ballpark in first place in the International League South Division.
Marrero, the reigning International League Batter of the Week, Home Run Derby champion, and Top Star for the IL in the 2016 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game, homered for the second consecutive game on Sunday. The home run — his 18th of the season — was a solo shot off Charlotte reliever Will Lamb in the eighth inning. For the month of July, Marrero is hitting .388 (19-for-49) with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 12 games.
While Marrero was once again sharp at the plate, Elias (7-4, 3.90) was solid on the hill. The Cuban native pitched into the seventh inning and struck-out four batters without allowing a run. He helped the PawSox to their third consecutive win over the Knights. Relievers Kyle Martin (1.1 innings pitched) and Noe Ramirez (1.0 innings pitched) did not allow a run the rest of the way.
Charlotte right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll (2-8, 5.55) gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits over 3.2 innings pitched and was charged with the loss. He allowed a third inning, three-run home run to Marco Hernandez. In all, Hernandez finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and four RBIs. Carroll lost for the eighth time this season.
Jason Bourgeois, Kevan Smith, and Jake Peter tallied one hit apiece on the afternoon for the Knights, who finished the day with a total of three hits.
The first place Knights will now return home to BB&T Ballpark to open a three-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Monday.