SALEM, VA -The Frederick Keys (19-18) utilized 13 hits and four multi-run innings to defeat the Salem Red Sox (24-13) 9-5 on Monday night at Haley Toyota Field. With the win, the Keys snapped a season-worst three-game slide. Austin Hays , Ryan Mountcastle , Randolph Gassaway and Shane Hoelscher all record at least two hits, while Mountcastle tied a season-high for base hits and Gassaway set a new-season best in RBIs.
With the Keys leading 4-3, Salem grabbed its first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Bryan Hudson doubled off Zeke McGranahan , while Tate Matheny walked to put the tying and go-ahead runs aboard. Mitch Horacek came in from the bullpen and got a groundball up the first baseline, but after fielding it, the lefty threw it away allowing both runs to score.
Salem's only lead of the game did not last long. In the seventh, Stevie Wilkerson walked and then moved to third on a double by Hays off Gerson Bautista. One batter later, Mountcastle recorded an infield single to tie the game before Gassaway hit a two-run double to center to make it 7-5 Keys.
Frederick followed with two more runs in ninth off Adam Lau. Following an eight-pitch single by Mountcastle, Gassaway went nine more pitches and poked a double to right. Finishing with four RBIs, the Atlanta product was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two doubles. He has now hit safely in his last seven games.
Ademar Rifaela singled in one more run to close out the scoring, as the Keys managed more runs on Monday then they did over the three-game set in Wilmington (four).
The Keys built a 4-1 lead after two innings. With Hays at first, Mountcastle tripled home his teammate to begin a 4-for-5 night (he also scored three times). Gassaway then added his first RBI with a bounce out to the right side.
Salem's Michael Chavis doubled home Matheny from first in the bottom of the first inning, but the Keys stretched their lead by three in the second after a Hays flyball to right could not be caught by Trenton Kemp enabling runners to score from the corners.
In the fourth, Salem pulled within a pair on a single by Chad De La Guerra which scored men from second and third.
Horacek (3-1) earned the win, giving up one hit in an inning of work. Bautista (2-1) suffered the loss and a blown save, surrendering three runs on four hits in two innings.
The Keys and Red Sox continue their series on Tuesday night. Left-hander Keegan Akin (2-3, 5.34) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Salem right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, --). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m from Haley Toyota Field and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.
Frederick returns home on Friday, May 19 when the Blue Rocks make their first visit of the year. It is Family Fitness Weekend, while there will be appearances by Redskins safety Deshazor Everett on May 19 and former NBA star Muggsy Bogues on May 20. For tickets, fans call the team at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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