FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Dylan Thompson tossed seven solid innings and Nick Sciortino blasted a three-run homer as the Salem Red Sox thumped the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 11-1 on Tuesday night, in a game that was shortened to seven innings by rain.
Thompson, filling the spot in the starting rotation left by Bryan Mata, who was called up to Double-A Portland on Monday, earned his second win of the season by allowing only one run on five hits with four strikeouts.
Keith Curcio, Edgar Corcino and Tanner Nishioka each drove in a pair of runs for Salem, while Jagger Rusconi added a solo homer in Salem’s four-run outburst in the top of the first inning. Sciortino, who saw his fellow backstop triple, homer and knock in three runs the night before, parked a Jacob Billingsley pitch over the wall in right-center to make it 11-0 after 6 1/2 frames.
Fayetteville got a run back in the bottom of the seventh on Emmanuel Valdez’s run-scoring sacrifice fly, but after Ruben Castro grounded out to end the inning, the rains came to prompt a 30-minute delay and the eventual calling of the game.
Woodpecker starter Luis Garcia suffered his first loss of the season, lasting only two-thirds of an inning and allowing four runs on five hits.
ON DECK: The Red Sox go for the series sweep in Fayetteville tonight at 7 p.m. Thad Ward, who earned the win in his first Carolina League start on Thursday, takes the mound against Fayetteville’s Shawn Dubin (2-3, 4.22).