FREDERICK, Md. — Jarren Duran and Garrett Benge each drove in a pair of runs as the Salem Red Sox posted seven runs in the sixth through eighth innings to take a 9-5 win over the Frederick Keys at Nymeo Field on Friday night.
Salem took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Tanner Nishioka and Ryan Fitzgerald knocked in runs off Keys starter Blaine Knight.
Willy Yahn hit a solo homer in the fourth to halve the lead to 2-1 and laced a two-run single an inning later to give Frederick a 3-2 lead, which swelled to 4-2 when Yahn scored on a throwing error by Sox shortstop Marco Hernandez.
Isaias Lucena’s RBI groundout in the sixth tied the game, but Benge and Duran each smacked two-run doubles in the seventh to give Salem the lead for good at 8-4. Victor Acosta added an RBI double in the eighth for further insurance.
Robbie Baker earned the win in relief for Salem, tossing 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Matthias Dietz took the loss for Frederick, falling to 1-4 on the season.
ON DECK: The second game of the series takes place Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Kutter Crawford (3-1, 2.48) takes the hill for Salem against Frederick’s David Lebron (1-0, 3.20).