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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Christian Vazquez 3-for-4 in PawSox win; Andrew Benintendi hits key 2-run triple for Portland

July 26, 2016 - 6:08 am
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Here's a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday. TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (52-51): W, 7-5, vs. Rochester (Twins) -- Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run. He roped an RBI single into right field to give the PawSox a 3-0 lead. It was his second three-hit performance in five games. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on July 5, Vazquez is slashing .271/.371/.373. He averaged .226 in 51 games with the Red Sox. -- Justin Haley was able to come away with the win, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings. He fanned five batters and walked three while not giving up a run until the fourth inning. The 25-year-old right-hander has pitched at least five innings in his last seven starts. Drafted in 2012 by the Red Sox, Haley is 9-7 with a 3.00 ERA in 20 outings. -- Chris Marrero went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. He drove home the first two runs of the game, with both of his RBI hits coming with two outs in the inning. Marrero, 28, has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, and he is batting .291/.345/.518 with the PawSox. He also has 19 home runs, second best in the International League. -- Pat Light, Boston's No. 13 prospect at MLB.com, came on in the middle of the ninth inning after reliever Chandler Shepherd gave up a run in the frame. Light struck out the next two batters to end the game and earn his seventh save of the year. The 25-year-old right-hander is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities and has struck out 36 in 30 innings. His ERA is 2.10. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (37-64): W, 5-2 in 7 innings, vs. Trenton (Yankees) -- In a rain-shortened contest, right-hander Kevin McAvoy was able to record a complete-game win, the first of his professional career. He surrendered two runs on two hits in a career-high seven innings, fanning four and walking two. McAvoy, 23, has pitched at least six innings in his past four outings. He now is 7-5 with a 6.84 ERA in 15 starts. -- Andrew Benintendi (1-for-3) had the biggest hit of the evening, looping a ball to center that the center fielder could not catch and allowed to get behind him, which resulted in a two-run triple in the third inning. It was Benintendi's 12 three-bagger of the season and gave Portland the lead for good. He then scored on an error to make it 4-2. "The ball got in on me a little bit, so obviously I didn't square it up the best I could," Benintendi told the Portland Press Herald of the triple. "It was a tough play and he was trying to make a good play and it was just fortunate for us that it got by him." Drafted in the first round of last year's draft, Benintendi is hitting .301/.369/.509 in 92 games with both Portland and Salem. He is Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com. -- Rainel Rosario went a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk. He scored the first Portland run of the game on a fielder's choice in the third inning. Rosario, 27, is hitting .357 in his last 10 games. He is averaging .268/.327/.329 in the minors this season. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (59-40): W, 7-4, at Potomac (Nationals) -- Down 4-3 heading into the ninth inning, the Red Sox were able to drive home four runs in the final frame to steal the win. It was outfielder Danny Mars who handed Salem the lead for good, hitting the first pitch he saw into the outfield to plate Nick Longhi and give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. Monday's win was the first for Salem after trailing in the eighth inning. Mars finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. The 22-year-old is on a hot streak, batting .421 in his last 10 games, with six multi-hit outings in that span. He is slashing .272/.339/.367 in 89 games. --  Jorge Marban earned the win for Salem. He tossed three scoreless innings, letting up just two hits in that span. He struck out one and walked one in the outing. Marban, 27, is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 appearances. -- Jordan Procyshen had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle, and his four hits are a new career high. He blasted a ball over the outfield wall in the eighth inning for a solo home run, then added an RBI single in the ninth as part of Salem's late rally. The 23-year-old Canadian is hitting .350 in his last 10 games. He is batting .261/.331/.361 in 119 at-bats. -- Trey Ball got the start for Salem, giving up one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two while walking three. Ball, 22, is Boston's No. 16 prospect at MLB.com, and now is 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 16 appearances. He has not recorded a decision in his last three starts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (50-49): L, 4-1, at Asheville (Rockies) -- He may have allowed four runs, but it still was a solid outing for Dedgar Jimenez, who is the first Greenville pitcher to toss a complete game this year. He surrendered three earned runs on eight hits in eight innings while fanning four and walking none. The 20-year-old now is 1-3 in his last five starts. He is 6-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 total minor league starts. -- The lone run of the game came from Luis Alexander Basabe, who hit an RBI single in the ninth inning. Basabe now has hit safely in 12 consecutive games. The 19-year-old outfielder has five multi-hit performances in that span. On the year, the Venezuela native is hitting .260/.329/.469 in 77 games. He is Boston's No. 7 prospect at MLB.com. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (21-15): Game postponed due to rain. The Spinners' game at West Virginia (Pirates) has been pushed back a day. The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday before Lowell takes Thursday off.