FREDERICK, MD-The Frederick Keys (10-17) collected 14 hits on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Salem Red Sox (15-12) on Thursday afternoon at Nymeo Filed. Preston Palmeiro hit a home run in his second straight game, while Brian Gonzalez (1-2) produced his third quality start of the year and picked up his first win.
Salem got on the board with a leadoff home run from Santiago Espinal. The Keys tied the game up in the bottom of the second. Jake Ring walked and stole second. He then scored on a Daniel Fajardo single.
In the third, the Red Sox retook the lead. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Gonzalez threw a wild pitch that allowed Nick Sciortino to score. Gonzalez was able to avoid any more damage thanks to a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.
Palmeiro tied the game again for the Keys in the bottom of the third with his fifth home run of the year. Later in the frame, Wilson Garcia scored on a Roniel Raudes wild pitch to make it 3-2 Keys.
Frederick added two more markers in the sixth. Fajardo singled and advanced to third on a Chris Clare double. Ryan McKenna then singled in both runners to extend the Keys lead to 5-2.
In the eighth, Salem scored a run on a Kyrie Washington RBI double. However, the Keys responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Clare singled, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a McKenna walk, Palmeiro drove in Clare with a single. Jomar Reyes brought in the final two runs with a single.
Gonzalez tossed six innings of two-run baseball, allowing six hits. He walked three and struck out six. Raudes (2-2) took the loss. He allowed three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.
The Keys head to Wilmington to face the Blue Rocks on Friday. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (1-2, 3.63) takes the mound for Frederick. He will be opposed by Blue Rocks right-hander (1-4, 8.06). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Frederick Keys are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play their home games at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. In 2017, the Keys received the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award for Carolina League for the second straight season, after leading the circuit in highest percentage of attendance based on ballpark capacity. The club will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. For more information about the Frederick Keys please contact Geoff Arnold by phone at (301)-815-9915 or by emailing at GArnold@FrederickKeys.com.
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