Pridie can’t power Herd to win

Second baseman Tony Thomas drove in five of Pawtucket’s eight runs, including a two-out grand slam in the second inning off of starter Pat Misch, leading the Red Sox to an 8-3 win over the Bisons on Saturday.

The shot was Thomas’ first hit of the early season, Pawtucket’s first home run of the year and Misch’s first grand slam allowed with Buffalo since joining the Mets organization in 2009. Thomas added a fifth RBI when he drove in J.C. Linares with a single in the ninth inning.

Jason Pridie provided the Bisons’ only offense with two home runs, a leadoff shot off of Pawtucket starter Matt Fox and a two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth.

Pridie said despite the loss, it always feels good to start off the season hitting well.

“It’s good to start the team off the right way, especially in the leadoff spot,” Pridie said. “My job is to get the team going.”

After hitting .327 with four home runs and 10 RBI against Buffalo last year, right fielder Josh Reddick continued to terrorize the Bisons with a solo shot off of Misch in the fifth inning.

Bisons manager Tim Teufel said the game got away from Misch with five runs on two home runs.

“The second home run was down in the zone,” Teufel said. “Lefthanders usually like it there. [Reddick] did a good job hitting it out of the ballpark.”

Misch left the mound after seven, allowing five runs (all earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

BISONS NOTES: Pridie hit his first two home runs of the season. The outfielder had three in 40 games with the club in 2010…Pawtucket got a shutout inning of relief from four-year Boston Red Sox veteran, lefty Hideki Okajima… After last night’s 13-inning game that lasted four hours and 26 minutes, Saturday’s game ended in two hours and 35 minutes.

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