FREDERICK, MD-The Winston-Salem Dash (46-32, 5-3) scored a run in each of their first five innings on their way to a 10-8 victory over the Frederick Keys (38-39, 3-5) on Thursday night. The trio of Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, and Gavin Sheets combined to drive in eight of the 10 Dash runs. Wilson Garcia recorded his third multi-home run game of the year for the Keys and drove in five.
The Dash jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first. Luis Gonzalez led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. He then scored on a Rutherford groundout to make it a 1-0 lead.
For the second straight night, Garcia hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. T.J. Nichting singled and stole second. Preston Palmeiro followed with a walk, and both scored on Garcia's long ball.
Winston-Salem responded with three runs of their own in the top of the second. Laz Rivera singled and stole second. He advanced to third on a Ti'Quan Forbes single, and was plated by a Mitch Roman single. Forbes then scored on a Robert base hit, while Rutherford drove in his second run with a single that made it 4-3 Dash.
Sheets led off the top of the third with a home run, and the Dash got a run in the fourth on Rutherford's third RBI of the game. He smacked a single to score Roman and improve the Dash lead to 6-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Keys got a run back. Cole Billingsley started the frame with a double, and scored two batters later on a Nichting RBI base hit.
The two teams traded single markers in the fifth thanks to a pair of solo home runs. Sheets hit his second of the game, while Jake Ring launched his second home run of the year to right field, which made it 7-5.
The score remained 7-5 until the ninth. Following a groundout, Rivera and Forbes singled. Mitch Roman followed with an RBI single. After a strikeout to Gonzalez, Robert collected his third hit of the night as he drove in two with a double to push the lead to 10-5.
The Keys would score three times in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a Nichting RBI single. It was the fourth hit and second RBI for Nichting. Two batters later, Garcia launched his second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot to right-center field to make it 10-8. That was as close as the Keys would get however, as Randolph Gassaway lined out to end the ballgame.
Luis Martinez (5-4) earned the win for the Dash. He allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out six and walking three. Mike Baumann (4-1) took his first loss of the year at any level. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits over five innings.
Frederick and Winston-Salem conclude their five-game set on Friday night. Left-hander Alex Wells (3-4, 3.29) make the start for the Keys. He will be opposed by right-hander Blake Hickman for the Dash. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Friday will get a longbow Dylan Bundy bobblehead presented by Flying Dog Brewery. Friday also features an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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