FREDERICK, MD-Cristian Alvarado tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed one run as the Frederick Keys defeated the Salem Red Sox 5-1 on Thursday afternoon at Nymeo Field. With the win, the Keys earned a series split against Salem and finished the homestand with a 4-3 mark.
Alvarado (5-3) surrendered only one hit through his first five innings of worked and set down 11 in-a-row at one stretch. Exiting the game after 92 pitches, the Venezuelan gave up only three hits, walked one and struck out seven to earn the win.
Offensively, the Keys (20-26) got on the board in the third inning against Salem starter Jake Thompson. Alejandro Juvier opened the frame with a walk, while a single and a wild pitch put men at second and third for Preston Palmeiro . Swinging first ball, the Keys second baseman just cleared the fence in right center to make it a 3-0 game.
Earlier in the contest, Palmeiro singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. The longest run of his career, the 16-gamer is now two games short of the longest in the CL this year (Lynchburg's Mitch Longo hit in 18 straight from April 12-May 5).
Frederick plated their final two runs in the fifth. With a man at first, Ryan McKenna cranked an RBI double to left and later scored on a wild pitch. McKenna also extended his own hitting streak to 12 games, finishing 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Salem (22-22) plated its lone run in the sixth. After Tyler Hill reached on an error, singles by Brett Netzer and C.J Chatham tallied singles off Alvarado. Tyler Erwin pitched the final two innings to close things out. He gave up one hit and struck out three.
Thompson (2-3) suffered the loss allowing five runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
The Frederick Keys begin a seven-game roadtrip on Friday night starting with a four game series against the Down East Wood Ducks. Right-hander Mike Baumann (1-0, 1.29) starts for the Keys and will be opposed by Down East right-hander Walker Weickel (5-1, 0.76).
The Keys return home on June 1 when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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