"We expect to win," Buckner said before the game. "I like what I've seen so far. I think we have a good defense, the pitching's been pretty solid so far, so that's good, it means we're going to be in all the games. We've got some guys that can play."
Rox catcher Chris Grossman hit a solo home run in the second inning and first baseman Melvin Falu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Brockton offense. Righthanded starter Mike Smith picked up the win for the Rox, throwing five innings of one run ball.
Former Red Sox relief pitcher Bob Stanley threw out the first pitch.
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