FREDERICK, MD-The Potomac Nationals (55-48, 18-18) held the Frederick Keys (51-57, 16-23) to three hits on their way to a 7-2 victory on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Keys while the Nationals improved their winning streak to five.
Potomac struck with two runs in the second inning. Tres Barrera and Aldrem Corredor began the frame with singles. A Nick Banks single brought in Barrera, while David Masters drove in another run with a single three batters later.
Luis Garcia added a run in the top of the third with a solo home run. It was the first home run that Keys starter Alex Wells allowed to a left-handed batter on the season.
The 3-0 score remained until the Keys got on the board in the fifth. Jomar Reyes led off with a walk. After moving to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, Stuart Levy hit an RBI single to center field which made it 3-1.
The P-Nats scored in each of the next three innings to increase their lead. In the sixth, Telmito Agustin was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Masters launched a two-run home run to left field.
As part of a four-hit game, Barrera hit a single with one out in the seventh, and moved to second on a Corredor single. A Banks walked loaded the bases, while Barrera scored on an RBI groundout. Ian Sagdal then improved the Nationals lead to 7-1 in the eighth on an RBI single.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Keys scored their final run. Jake Ring led off with a walk. Then with two outs, Chris Clare dunked a ball down the right field line for an RBI double which made it 7-2 P-Nats.
Earning the victory, Joan Baez (6-8) allowed one run on just one hit. The right-hander walked three and struck out five. Wells (4-7) took the loss. He allowed five runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four.
The Keys and Nationals continue their series on Wednesday night. Right-hander Michael Baumann (6-2, 3.34) makes the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by left-hander Nick Raquet (1-1, 6.10) for Potomac. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
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