SALEM, VA -The Frederick Keys (20-18) batted around in the first, scoring six times en route to a 9-4 victory over the Salem Red Sox (24-14) on Tuesday night at Haley Toyota Field. It was Frederick's fourth straight win over the first place Red Sox, who suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since April 23, when the Keys swept both ends of a doubleheader.
After going four straight games without a home run, Frederick changed things in the top of the first against Shaun Anderson. Making his Carolina League debut, the right-hander allowed a leadoff single to Stevie Wilkerson, who moved to second on an error by Mike Meyers in left. From there, Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches. It marked the first time the Keys had gone back-to-back in a game this season.
Later in the inning, Stuart Levy doubled home Shane Hoelscher , while Levy and Ademar Rifaela scored on a two-run base hit by Steve Laurino . It marked the second time this season the Keys had scored six runs in an inning while it marked the 13th time this year where Frederick had scored four or more runs in a frame.
Salem got one run back in the bottom of the first on an RBI base hit by Josh Ockimey which scored Tate Matheny from second. However the Sox would not get another run off Keys starter Keegan Akin . Coming off a career-high 7.1 innings against Down East, the southpaw earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run baseball on six hits. Akin (3-3) walked three and struck out five to post his second straight quality start.
Neither side scored again until the last two innings. Following a double by Rifaela, Laurino crushed a two-run homer over the centerfield fence. Going 2-for-4 on the night, the former Marist product recorded a season-high four RBIs.
Salem challenged in the ninth, scoring three times thanks to four straight singles and a double by Trenton Kemp, but Luis Gonzalez retired two of the three he faced to end the game.
Anderson (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in six innings.
The Keys and Red Sox meet up again on Wednesday night. Left-hander Reid Love (1-0, 1.80) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Salem right-hander Roniel Raudes (1-1, 4.31). 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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