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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
RUN-OFF WIN: Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz has been one of the Carolina League’s top RBI men all season. But with two out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 10th on Tuesday, he had to make something happen himself.
De La Cruz tripled off the top of the right field wall, then dashed to the plate to score the winning run when the relay was botched, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over Potomac in front of 2,716 at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
NO REASON TO STAY: De La Cruz missed a home run by just a few feet but ran hard out of the box. He was nearing third as rightfielder Caleb Ramsey retrieved the ball and fired it toward the infield.
De La Cruz was preparing to stop running when the throw short-hopped the cutoff man and bounced away.
De La Cruz alertly raced home and narrowly beat the throw, sending the Red Sox (19-19) streaming out of the dugout to celebrate their first victory in five games.
NO QUIT: Potomac batted around in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead, but the Sox bounced right back. Nick Natoli and De La Cruz each had hits to key a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, then Cody Koback tied it in the eighth with an RBI single.
HOUDINI ACTS: Both teams had bases-loaded opportunities in the late innings that they couldn’t capitalize on.
Salem packed the bags in the eighth and ninth without inflicting further damage. In the top of the 10th, Potomac threatened with two out, but Matt Price coaxed a flyout to right to end the threat.
OFF AND RUNNING: The Sox went 7 for 7 on stolen base attempts against Potomac catcher Adrian Nieto. De La Cruz swiped second and third in the seventh and scored an unearned run on a fielding error by the third baseman.
LOOSE ENDS: Price, a former Virginia Tech standout, tossed two scoreless innings to improve to 5-0 and lower his ERA to 2.62…Sox reliever Nate Striz had a streak of five straight scoreless outings snapped in Potomac’s three-run seventh...Sox starter William Cuevas (6 IP, 2 ER, 7 SOs) didn’t allow a hit until Cutter Dykstra connected for a two-run homer in the fifth.
ON DECK: The Sox open a three-game road trip at Lynchburg at 7:05 tonight, with RHP Heri Quevedo (4-4, 4.84) scheduled to go for Salem.
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