The Potomac Nationals scored four times in the fifth inning and held off the Salem Red Sox by a 5-3 count at Haley Toyota Field on Tuesday night, extending the Red Sox losing streak to 10 games.
Tanner Nishioka gave Salem an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the third, but Aldrem Corredor, Telmito Augustini and Alex Dunlap each rapped RBI singles off of Salem starter Jhonatan Diaz and Osvaldo Abreu drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1 after five innings.
Cole Freeman added another RBI single in the top of the eight to make it 5-1, but Salem rallied in the bottom of the frame, as Keith Curcio lined a two-run single to center, scoring Charlie Madden and Jagger Rusconi to make it 5-3.
Nishioka singled and Ryan Fitzgerald bunted the runners over to second and third with one out, but Jhonatan German came on in relief for Potomac and struck out Pedro Castellanos and got a groundout from Edgar Corcino to end the threat.
Salem got a one-out walk in the ninth from Garrett Benge but could muster nothing more. Nationals’ starter Andrew Lee got the win, allowing only one run on three hits with nine strikeouts in six innings. German earned his second save of the season.
Diaz fell to 2-5 on the season as he gave up four runs on eight hits in four frames.
ON DECK: After a Wednesday off-day, Salem begins a seven-game road trip, starting with a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats, beginning Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Noah Zavolas (2-2, 3.52) is scheduled to take the hill for the Mudcats against Salem’s Dylan Thompson (0-4, 5.94).