PAWTUCKET - Three Pawtucket Red Sox pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday at McCoy Stadium.
Havard graduate Shawn Haviland (2-0) fired six shutout innings with four strikeouts for his second win in as many outings.
Left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr., a mainstay in Boston's bullpen the last two seasons, turned in an economical rehab appearance, using only nine pitches in a 1-2-3 seventh inning. PawSox right-hander Kyle Martin fanned four over two scoreless innings to secure the victory.
Pawtucket center fielder Rusney Castillo (two hits with a homer), second baseman Ryan Court (three hits, two runs scored, right fielder Bryce Brentz (three hits) and catcher Dan Butler (two hits, two RBI) paced the PawSox attack.
For the sixth time in seven games, the PawSox scored first. Castillo led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run.
Three batters later, designated hitter Allen Craig hit an RBI groundout for a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Castillo led off with a single the opposite way, stole second and scored on a Court RBI double down the right-field line.
The teams conclude the series Thursday at McCoy Stadium at noon. PawSox lefty Brian Johnson (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will face Chiefs' right-hander Joe Ross (0-1, 10.12).