With his team down a run in the sixth inning, Frederick Keys third baseman Travis Adair stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and no outs. After getting ahead 2-1 in the count, he got a pitch he could handle, even if it wasn't what he was looking for.
"I was still sitting on a fastball and he threw a changeup down and I was able to stay on it and get a double out of it," said Adair, who slapped a ground ball past first base and scored two runs to give the Keys the lead.
His hit would ignite a four-run Keys' sixth, an outburst that carried Frederick to a 7-4 victory over Potomac Thursday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Keys (23-21) led 6-3 after the sixth, Adair's two-RBI double down the right field line putting Frederick in front 4-3. Adair would then beat a throw to the plate on Delvi Cid's RBI fielder's choice to second and second baseman Jerome Pena punctuated the inning with an RBI single to center that scored Cid to put the Keys ahead by three.
Cid would double to lead off the bottom of the eighth and score the Keys' seventh run from third base on a wild pitch.
In front of 4,702 fans, the Keys came from behind twice to win Thursday's game.
Brenden Webb erased Frederick's first deficit and gave the Keys a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth, sending a two-out, line-drive home run over the fence in left center field.
"That was a huge hit," said Keys manager Ryan Minor of Webb's third homer of the season. "He got into a good fastball."
Potomac (23-22), however, would answer with the tying run in the next inning. Adrian Sanchez's RBI groundout scored Kevin Keyes who doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on another groundout.
The Nationals scored again in the sixth when Adrian Nieto doubled home Cutter Dykstra, giving the P-Nats a 3-2 lead. Nieto would be the last batter Keys starter Tim Berry would face in the game.
Berry threw 5.2 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs, two earned, while walking one and striking out two. Trent Howard (3-0) relieved Berry and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season.
Potomac's starter A.J. Cole (1-2) suffered his second loss, allowing five runs, pitching into the sixth inning, walking three and fanning five.
The P-Nats scored first Thursday, plating a run in the top of the third. Caleb Ramsey singled off Berry for Potomac's first hit of the game, stole second and advanced to third when Allan de San Miguel's went into center field. Randolph Oduber singled him home with two outs to put Potomac in front.
Jesse Beal pitched the eighth and ninth innings for Frederick and earned his first save of the season, allowing a run in the ninth on Ramsey's RBI single.
Adair finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Cid went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Michael Ohlman went 2-for-4 in his return from the disabled list. For the game, Frederick racked up nine hits, four of which were doubles.
The Keys open a three-game series with Salem tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Zach Petersime is slated to start for the Keys. For tickets, contact the Keys box office at 301-815-9939, purchase online at Harry Grove Stadium or buy in person at Harry Grove Stadium.