PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Charlie Furbush of South Portland pitched six solid innings Thursday in his Triple-A debut for the Toledo Mud Hens, but wound up with a no-decision as the Pawtucket Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 win.

Furbush, promoted by the Detroit Tigers after just five starts in Double-A, gave up three runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out seven, raising his season total at three levels to 153 strikeouts — the most in professional baseball.

Furbush gave up his only runs of the game on a three-run homer by Daniel Nava in the bottom of the third inning. He was in position to earn the win before Pawtucket tied the game at 4-4 on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Kalish in the bottom of the seventh.

The PawSox won it in the 10th when Nava scored on a single by Lars Anderson.

Furbush, a 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of LSU, earned his second promotion in a month by going 1-0 with 37 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA in 331/3 innings for the Erie SeaWolves. Before that, Furbush had 109 strikeouts in 77 innings at Class A Lakeland.

Pawtucket’s lineup included Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who made his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list with a hip injury. Lowell was 1 for 5.

 


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