Flores, Dash defeat Frederick in series finale

Lefty earns second High-A win with six strong innings

Bernardo Flores has won back-to-back starts after his six-inning gem on Thursday. (James Geiser/Winston-Salem Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | August 10, 2017 7:38 PM ET

FREDERICK, Md. (Aug. 10, 2017) - Bernardo Flores spun his second quality start at the High-A level, and the Dash broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run sixth to salvage the series finale against the Frederick Keys with a 5-2 win on Thursday night at Nymeo Field.

Flores (2-3), who earned his first Dash victory in his last outing last Friday against Potomac, was strong in six innings of work. The former USC Trojan yielded just one run on four hits while striking out five. A seventh-round pick by the White Sox last year, Flores has registered a 1.80 ERA (four earned runs in 20 innings) over his last four starts.

The left-hander's lone blemish occurred in the third when Brallan Perez smacked a solo homer to give Frederick (22-23, 53-61) a 1-0 edge. However, Seby Zavala promptly tied the contest at one in the fourth, leading off the frame with a mammoth blast to the left against Keys starter Ofelky Peralta. Since making his Dash debut on June 24, Zavala, who went 2-for-4 on Thursday, is hitting .325 (40-for-123) with six homers and 32 RBIs in 34 games. 

Winston-Salem (23-23, 47-69) broke the tie in the sixth against Keys reliever Franderlin Romero (1-4). Following three consecutive singles from Louis SilverioBrady Conlan and Sam DexterJoel Booker put the Dash ahead on a sacrifice fly to center.

After a Bryant Flete fielder's choice and a Zack Collins walk, Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to nine games by smacking a two-run double to right. On the play, the second baseman Perez made an errant throw to third, allowing a third run to score to make it a 5-1 contest. Since joining Winston-Salem, Jimenez has recorded a .370 average with six homers and 23 RBIs in 25 contests.

Despite giving up an unearned run in the seventh, right-handed reliever Kelvis Valerio spun two strong innings, during which he allowed three hits and struck out one. The 25-year-old has not allowed an earned run over his last three appearances spanning nine innings. Meanwhile, Mike Morrison sealed his second save in as many opportunities with a scoreless ninth. 

#YourHomeTeam returns to BB&T Ballpark for an eight-game homestand that kicks off Friday at 7 p.m., with the first of a three-game set against the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Dash will send right-hander Alec Hansen (2-4, 2.38 ERA), who has struck out 12 in each of his last two starts, to the bump against Hillcats righty Dominic DeMasi (4-3, 2.99 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.

A Fireworks Friday, presented by PTI Airport, kicks off the Dash's homestand, which stretches from August 11-17 at BB&T Ballpark. Meanwhile, kids can run the bases after the game, powered by New Balance Winston-Salem. The Dash will also hold their final All-You-Can-Eat for Free Night on Monday, while a $7 doubleheader is set for Tuesday. For tickets, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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