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NORFOLK, Va. â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.
PawSox reliever Junichi Tazawa, who gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth that allowed the Tides to knot the score, picked up the win by tossing a hitless seventh inning, and Mark Melancon worked the eighth to earn his sixth save of the season.
The PawSox, who are 29-18 and a game ahead of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the I.L. East standings, got a solid spot start from Tony Pena Jr., who worked the first 3 2/3 innings and allowed a pair of earned runs. Chorye Spoone then pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Tazawa.
After Melancon struck out Chris Robinson to end the eighth, heavy rain halted play before the start of the ninth and eventually cut short the game.
The PawSox took a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly to center by Iglesias, but the Tides took the lead with runs in the third and fourth. Alex Hassan later belted a two-run homer in the sixth to give the PawSox back the lead.
Ciriaco and Nate Spears each had multiple hits for the PawSox, while the Tides were led offensively by former All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada, who collected a pair of hits, including a run-scoring single in the home half of the sixth that tied the score.
Tejada, a six-time All-Star and the 2002 American League MVP with the Oakland Athletics, is 4-for-10 in three games since signing a minor-league contract with the Tides on May 20.
The PawSox, who wrap up their road trip through Toledo and Norfolk with a 4-4 record, have today off before beginning an eight-game homestand at McCoy Stadium against the Mud Hens and Tides.
They will kick off a four-game series with Toledo tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. and send Ross Ohlendorf (3-3) to the mound.