Erich Uelmen tossed seven strong innings and Wladimir Galindo and Tyler Payne each hit home runs as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans held off a late rally to defeat the Salem Red Sox 6-4 at Haley Toyota Field on Sunday afternoon.

Salem’s loss prevented a sweep of the three-game weekend series.

Carlos Sepulveda got Myrtle Beach going early with a leadoff double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Delvin Zinn and scored on a Tyler Durna groundout to put the Pelicans up 1-0. Salem answered in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer from hot-hitting Pedro Castellanos.

The Pelicans got to Sox starter Dylan Thompson in the fourth when Galindo launched a three-run homer over the fence in left-center field to put Myrtle Beach up 4-1.

Two innings later, after Grant Fennell walked, Myrtle Beach’s Tyler Payne hit a two-run shot off Andrew Politi to increase the lead to 6-1.

Uelmen, who won for the fourth time in his last six starts, allowed only six hits in his seven-inning stint. But the last of those was an RBI single from Castellanos that scored Nick Lovullo, who laced a one-out double earlier in the inning, to make it 6-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Pelican reliever Garrett Kelly started by hitting Ryan Fitzgerald with his first pitch. After Castellanos struck out, Keith Curcio launched an RBI triple off the wall in right to bring the deficit to 6-3.

Next up for Salem, Edgar Corcino struck out, then Victor Acosta lined a double down the left-field line to score Curcio and bring the tying run to the plate. But Jagger Rusconi struck out to end the game.

ON DECK: After an off day Monday, Salem travels to Woodbridge for a quick three-game road trip against the Potomac Nationals.

This is scheduled to be the final regular season series the Sox play at Pfitzner Stadium, as the Nationals are building a new ballpark in Fredericksburg next season. Salem’s Thad Ward (1-1, 1.91) is slated to open the series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

— The Roanoke Times

Myrtle Beach 
100302000  671
100001002  482
Uelmen (5-3, 3.05) ;
Thompson (3-8, 6.28)
Payne (8) ,
Galindo (2) .
Castellanos (5) .
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Carlos Sepulveda2B412100000.239
Delvin ZinnSS300000001.241
Tyler Durna1B400000101.253
Cam Balego3B411000002.260
Grant FennellLF321000011.250
Tyler PayneC411001200.256
Wladimir GalindoDH412001301.221
Kevonte MitchellRF300000011.198
Jose GutierrezCF400000002.205

2B: Sepulveda (10, Thompson).
HR: Galindo (2, 4th inning off Thompson, 2 on, 1 out); Payne (8, 6th inning off Politi, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Balego; Fennell; Galindo 5; Payne 4; Sepulveda 3.
RBI: Durna (9); Galindo 3 (9); Payne 2 (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Durna.
SAC: Zinn.
GIDP: Mitchell.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Sepulveda (11, 2nd base off Thompson/Miranda, S).

E: Zinn (3, throw).
Pickoffs: Uelmen (Rusconi at 1st base).
DP: (Sepulveda-Zinn-Durna).

Salem Red Sox
Nick Lovullo2B412100001.235
Ryan FitzgeraldSS310000001.292
Pedro Castellanos1B412001201.280
Keith CurcioRF412110100.273
Edgar CorcinoDH400000002.301
Victor AcostaCF402100100.304
Jagger RusconiLF400000002.185
Samuel MirandaC300000001.208
Korby Batesole3B300000000.170

2B: Curcio (12, Uelmen); Lovullo (5, Uelmen); Acosta (15, Kelly).
3B: Curcio (3, Kelly).
HR: Castellanos (5, 1st inning off Uelmen, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Acosta 3; Castellanos 5; Curcio 5; Lovullo 3.
RBI: Acosta (33); Castellanos 2 (59); Curcio (11).
2-out RBI: Acosta; Castellanos 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Corcino; Rusconi.
GIDP: Fitzgerald.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.

CS: Acosta (4, 2nd base by Uelmen/Payne); Castellanos (5, 2nd base by Uelmen/Payne).
PO: Rusconi (1st base by Uelmen).

E: Batesole (3, fielding); Miranda, S (1, throw).
DP: (Fitzgerald-Lovullo-Castellanos).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Erich Uelmen (W, 5-3)7.06220513.05
Manuel Rodriguez1.00000004.08
Garrett Kelly1.02220302.77
Salem Red Sox
Dylan Thompson (L, 3-8)4.06440216.28
Andrew Politi3.01221514.75
Algenis Martinez1.00000102.84
Joan Martinez1.00001103.63
WP: Uelmen.
HBP: Fitzgerald (by Kelly).
Pitches-strikes: Uelmen 92-62; Rodriguez, M 18-13; Kelly 20-13; Thompson 76-53; Politi 48-34; Martinez, A 7-5; Martinez, J 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Uelmen 7-2; Rodriguez, M 1-2; Kelly 0-0; Thompson 8-1; Politi 2-1; Martinez, A 0-1; Martinez, J 0-1.
Batters faced: Uelmen 24; Rodriguez, M 4; Kelly 6; Thompson 18; Politi 11; Martinez, A 3; Martinez, J 4.
Umpires: HP: Josh Gilreath. 1B: Steven Jaschinski. 
Weather: 85 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, Varies.
First pitch: 2:07 PM.
T: 2:46.
Att: 1,236.
Venue: Haley Toyota Field.
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