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Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brian Johnson helps Pawtucket end 8-game skid with shutout; Danny Mars continues to succeed in Greenville

July 29, 2015 - 4:59 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-61): W, 6-0, vs. Norfolk (Orioles) -- Brian Johnson made his first PawSox start since making his major league debut and tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. The left-hander gave up four hits and three walks and struck out six. Johnson improved to 9-6 in 17 starts for Pawtucket and lowered his ERA to 2.54. -- Righty Noe Ramirez relieved Johnson in the seventh and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing one walk and striking out two. Right-hander Ronald Belisario pitched the ninth inning and allowed one hit. -- Travis Shaw led the Pawtucket offense, posting the only multi-hit game for either team Tuesday. The lefty went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Shaw, who played third base Tuesday, is hitting .253 with 12 doubles and 30 RBIs on the season. -- First baseman Allen Craig also drove in two runs, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, and catcher Humberto Quintero went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (39-65): L, 2-1, at Trenton (Yankees) -- Despite giving up just two runs -- one earned -- Luis Diaz took the loss to fall to 1-9 on the season after 20 starts. The right-hander gave up five hits and one walk over six innings. He did not record a strikeout but did lower his ERA to 5.21. -- Right-hander Simon Mercedes pitched two scoreless innings of relief, lowering his ERA to 4.38. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out two. Mercedes has a 2-2 record after 26 relief appearances for Portland this season. -- Catcher Jordan Weems drove in the lone Portland run Tuesday in his first at-bat at the Double-A level, grounding out to second in the top of the third to score right fielder Aneury Tavarez. Tavarez led off the frame with a walk, stole second and reached third on a throwing error. Weems finished the day 0-for-4. Tavarez went 0-for-3. -- The Sea Dogs posted just three hits Tuesday, as first baseman Sam Travis, second baseman Mike Miller and left fielder Keury De La Cruz all singled. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (51-49): Suspended due to rain at Lynchburg (Indians) -- Tuesday'€™s game was suspended after three innings and will be resumed Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Lynchburg holds a 3-0 lead. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (52-50): L, 2-1, at Charleston (Yankees) -- Reed Reilly suffered the loss, allowing both Charleston runs. Reilly allowed seven hits and one walk and struck out two. The two runs were unearned. The 23-year-old righty fell to 4-5 but lowered his ERA to 4.01 after 14 starts and 21 total appearances for the Drive this season. -- Right fielder Danny Mars recorded the only Greenville RBI and finished the day 2-for-4 with a stolen base. He has hit safely in five straight games and has recorded at least two hits in four of those five. The switch-hitting Mars is batting .364 with two doubles, one triple, six RBIs and six steals after 10 games with the Drive. -- Shortstop Javier Guerra also posted a two-hit game for the Drive, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored and also recorded a steal, his 21st of the season. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (18-19): L, 6-5, at Williamsport (Phillies) -- Center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe and first baseman Josh Ockimey paced the Lowell offense with a pair of two-hit games. Basabe went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and two runs scored, and Ockimey went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. -- Second baseman Chad De La Guerra drove in two runs on a triple to center in the top of the first inning. He finished the day 1-for-4 and extended his current hitting streak to six games. -- Right-handed reliever Daniel Gonzalez took the loss in a four-inning effort. The 19-year-old from Venezuela gave up four earned runs on five hits, walked none and struck out two. Gonzalez fell to 2-2 and now has a 3.34 ERA after eight appearances, including one start, for the Spinners. -- Javier Rodriguez started for the Spinners and did not allow a hit in four innings of work but allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four walks. He also recorded five strikeouts. The 20-year-old southpaw has an 0-2 record and a 5.40 ERA after four starts with Lowell this year.