Jason Coats and Trayce Thompson homered twice, Kevan Smith added a two-run shot and Terance Marin pitched six scoreless innings in his Class AAA debut to help the Charlotte Knights claim a 7-2 International League victory Monday night against Pawtucket.
Marin, who began the season on loan to the Mexican League’s Toros de Tijuana, limited Pawtucket to five hits and struck out three.
Coats would give the Knights an early lead with a two-run shot in the first inning off of left-hander Brian Johnson.
Johnson, however, would settle down and not allow another run over his 52/3 innings, but the left-hander would be saddled with his fourth loss of the season.
The Knights would not score again until the seventh, when Thompson homered off of right-hander Miguel Celestino – a solo shot to put Charlotte ahead 3-0.
After a Neftali Soto single, Smith joined the show to give the Knights a 5-0 advantage.
The Red Sox ended the shutout bid in the eighth when Travis Shaw came up with a bases-loaded single off of right-hander Miguel Chalas. Maikel Cleto came on with two outs and the bases loaded, but Humberto Quintero cut the deficit to 6-2 with an RBI single before Cleto struck out Sean Coyle to end the inning.
Charlotte will send right-hander Shawn Haviland to the mound in Game 2 of the series Tuesday night against left-hander Henry Owens. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.