A single by Edgar Corcino in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night lifted Salem to a 3-2 victory over Fayetteville in a game the Red Sox had not led till that point.
Getting credit for the win was Rio Gomez, who began the season in Greenville. Gomez is the son of Baseball Tonight and MLB analyst Pedro Gomez.
Salem trailed 2-1 until Garrett Benge doubled and later scored in the eighth and the Red Sox got stellar relief, first from Zach Schellenger, who struck out three batters in the eighth.
With the game tied 2-2 after nine innings, a new pace of play rule was invoked, with Fayetteville beginning the top of the 10th with a runner at first base.
After two walks loaded the bases with two outs, Gomez got lead-off hitter Jacob Meyers to fly to center to end the threat.
Fayetteville didn’t get an out in the bottom of the 10th as Corcino doubled with none out, scoring Ryan Fitzgerald from second.
Three Salem pitchers limited Fayetteville to four hits, with starter Daniel Gonzalez striking out seven while allowing four hits over eight innings.
POWER SHORTAGE: The Red Sox entered Tuesday night’s game with 23 home runs in 72 games and are almost certain to set a Salem record for impotence. The 1979 Salem team, affiliated with Pittsburgh, had a total of 51 homers as a team, a figure matched by the 2016 Salem Red Sox.
Brent Hillenga had a team-high 10 home runs for Salem in 1979, the first of three seasons with the club totaling 235 games. Rafael Devers had a team-high 11 homers for the 2016 Salem team, followed by Jose Sermo with eight in a more spacious setting than Municipal Field in the 1970s.
GOING DEEP: A solo home run by Salem third baseman Ryan Fitzgerald to lead off the fourth inning season was his first of the season on his 93rd at-bat, not counting a team-leading 12 walks. Fitzgerald’s 46 RBI going into the game was a team high, followed by Pedro Castellanos with 37.
ON DECK: Jhonathan Diaz (3-6, 6.55) is slated to start for the Red Sox for a 7:05 Wednesday start against the Woodpeckers and Luis Diaz (7-0. 2.56). Diaz has struck out 80 batters in 56 1/3 innings.