FREDERICK, Md. - Entering Saturday's game, Steve Bumbry and Glynn Davis had been struggling at the plate. As a team, the Frederick Keys had been scuffling, too.
But Davis and Bumbry ensured their slides would stop, lifting Frederick to victory with back-to-back two-out hits in the bottom of the ninth. Bumbry doubled and Davis slapped a two-out, two-strike, walk-off two-RBI single into left field, giving the Keys a dramatic 5-4 win over Carolina.
The victory, which came in front of 5,217 at Harry Grove Stadium, snapped a three-game losing streak. The walk-off knock was Davis' second of the season - he also sent Frederick to victory with a game-ending homer on April 7 against Salem.
"I guess in a situation like that, you just gotta put the ball in play," said Davis, who had gone 0-for-3 prior to his clutch single. "Off the bat I didn't know (if it was a hit). I saw the third baseman was kind of deep and I thought he might have a play on it, but I guess it just squeaked through."
Davis' bounding single - his first hit in the last three games - slipped between third baseman Justin Toole and shortstop Francisco Lindor, scoring Zane Chavez, who drew a one-out walk from Carolina closer Jeff Johnson, and Bumbry, who sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-center field gap and scored the winning run.
Bumbry finished the day 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs, his only hitless at-bat a fielder's choice on a line drive to right field Jordan Smith scooped on a short-hop and fired into second. He raised his average to .256, up 51 points from where it started Saturday.
"I've been feeling good the last five or six games and it was only a matter of time before the hits started to fall," said Bumbry, who's been coming to the ballpark early to get extra swings in. "...Any time you can come from behind and battle through and keep fighting the way our guys have been fighting, it just shows our character. It's only a matter of time before we start winning."
Carolina took a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning on Zack MacPhee's two-out RBI single, scoring Charlie Valerio, who reached on a leadoff walk issued by reliever David Walters. Marcel Prado pitched a perfect ninth for the Keys and earned his first win of the season.
Tyler Wilson started for the Keys and, despite laboring at times, scattered eight hits over six innings, walked one and allowed two runs, one of which was earned.
"Tyler's trying to work through some command issues and some feel with some of his pitches, and for him to work through them and only give up two runs and keep us in the game, that's all you can ask for," said Keys manager Ryan Minor.
Mudcats starter Cody Anderson pitched six innings and allowed three runs on three hits, the last Steve Bumbry's fifth-inning solo homer to right-center field, which put the Keys ahead 3-2.
Carolina evened score for the second time in the game in the seventh on Jordan Smith's two-out RBI single off reliever David Walters.
The first two hitters of the game reached against Wilson. Bryson Miles, who walked to start the game, stole second and moved to third on a bunt single before scoring on Jerrud Sabourin's groundout to first baseman Jason Esposito, giving the Mudcats a 1-0 lead.
The Keys answered back in the bottom of the second on Bumbry's sharp single past first baseman Sabourin, scoring Allan de San Miguel and Chavez from second and third to put Frederick ahead 2-1. Anderson walked de San Miguel to start the inning and Chavez followed with a double to center.
Miles nearly snared Chavez' sinking liner with a diving attempt that resulted in an apparent left arm injury that forced him to leave the game. Naquin replaced him in center field.
Carolina tied the game in the third, thanks in part to a fielding error by Keys second baseman Anthony Caronia. Francisco Lindor hit an RBI single through the right side to even score.
Carolina out-hit Frederick 12-8, Lindor and Valerio posting three-hit games. Chavez went 2-for-3 for the Keys and scored two runs. Grant Sides pitched a pair of scoreless innings for the Mudcats before Johnson, who lost his first game, entered in the ninth. Walters, the Keys' 2012 closer who arrived in Frederick today from Double-A Bowie, allowed two runs, one earned, in two innings pitched.
The Keys look to build on their positive momentum and win their three-game series with the Mudcats Sunday at 2 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Left-hander Tim Berry is slated to start for the Keys against righty Jacob Lee. For tickets to Sunday's game, visit FrederickKeys.com, call 301-815-9939 or purchase at the Harry Grove Stadium box office.