By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET – It was not a sweeping success for the Pawtucket Red Sox as the Syracuse Chiefs pushed across the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to win by a 6-5 count Monday night before 3,892 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Syracuse had lost the first three games of the four-game set. The game-winner was the result of an RBI single by first baseman Chris Marrero. The PawSox threatened in the bottom of the 11th as Bryce Brentz doubled to the left-center field gap with two down, but Brandon Snyder, who represented the tying run, was thrown out at home plate.
Corey Brown and Mike Costanzo each homered twice for the victors.
Syracuse jumped out a 3-0 lead in the second inning as the Chiefs victimized Pawtucket starter Alfredo Aceves for a pair of home runs. Brown led off the frame with his eighth round tripper with Costanzo followed two batters later with a two-run poke, his seventh.
RBI singles by Brock Holt and Ryan Lavarnway helped Pawtucket pull to within 3-2 before the home team struck for a pair of runs in the fourth. One came as the result of a throwing error second baseman Anthony Rendon that allowed Jonathan Diaz to score while the second came via a double by Mitch Maier.
Costanzo took deep for his second homer of the night in the seventh, a shot that tied the game at 4-all and helped close the book on Aceves. The right-hander ended up tossing 7 2/3 innings of four-run ball with six strikeouts and one walk. Aceves tossed 102 pitches, 70 for strikes.
The PawSox retook the lead in the seventh as Brandon Snyder singled in Drew Sutton. Standing three outs away from completing a four-game sweep, the home team watched as reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith surrendered a game-tying home run to Brown to begin the ninth.
Pawtucket’s homestand continues Tuesday night with the first of four games against Charlotte. The rematch of last season’s Governors’ Cup championship series will feature Pawtucket’s Steven Wright facing Charlotte’s Andre Rienzo. The two teams split four games when they met last month in Fort Mill, S.C.
Appearing at McCoy on Tuesday will two New England Patriots players, safety Tavon Wilson and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. The pair will throw out ceremonial first pitches before signing autographs in the Cox Fan Center from 7:15-8:15 p.m.