SALEM, VA-Cristian Alvarado tossed 6.2 shutout innings and the Frederick Keys blanked the Salem Red Sox 3-0 on Thursday night at Haley Toyota Field. With the victory, the Keys are now 11 games behind first-place Lynchburg with 11 left to play. The Hillcats were defeated by Potomac 1-0 on Thursday.
Snapping a three-start losing streak, Alvarado (11-10) held Salem (60-66, 28-30) to seven hits over 6.2 frames to go with one walk and three strikeouts. The 11 wins for Alvarado now moves him into a tie for the most in the Carolina League and the most by an active pitcher.
Frederick (60-67, 25-33) broke a scoreless deadlock in the sixth. With one out, Wilson Garcia doubled off Denyi Reyes, while two batters later, Jomar Reyes hit a solo homer to center. It was the second home run in as many days for the Keys third baseman.
In the eighth, Garcia provided insurance with a solo blast to right off Algenis Martinez. It was the 23rd of the year for the former Phillies farmhand, who clubbed four over the roadtrip.
Alex Katz worked around runners at the corners twice and Tyler Erwin pitched a clean ninth inning to post his 17th save. He has now converted 11 straight save chances.
Reyes (2-2) turned in a quality start for the Red Sox but suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Frederick returns to Nymeo Field on Friday night when the Carolina Mudcats come to town. Left-hander Alex Wells (6-7, 3.57) starts for the Keys against Mudcats right-hander Alec Bettinger (1-4, 6.02) in the series opener. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app starting at 6:45.
Homestand highlights include Alzheimer's Awareness Night, Scout Night presented by Wegman's, Game of Thrones Night and Prince and Princess Day to go with two fireworks shows. For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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