ZEBULON, N.C. — A five-run fourth inning and a Marcus Wilson three-run homer in the seventh led Salem to a 9-7 win over the Carolina Mudcats Thursday night at Five County Stadium in the first of a four-game series and ending the Red Sox’ 10-game skid.
The Mudcats took an early 4-0 lead getting a run in the second inning on a Zach Clark RBI single and three runs in the third on a run scoring single by Tristen Lutz followed by a two-run Mario Feliciano homer.
The Sox answered in the fourth by batting around to take a 5-4 lead. Tanner Nishioka and Pedro Castellanos led off the inning with a single each. Garett Benge then reached on an error to load the bases. Singles by Wilson and Victor Acostas scored three runs. After Wilson stole third and Nick Sciortino struck out, Jagger Rusconi doubled to bring in both Wilson and Acosta to put Salem up 5-4.
Carolina retook the lead in the sixth on RBI singles by Silva and Julio Garcia.
In the Red Sox seventh, with two outs, back-to-back-to-back singles by Ryan Fitzgerald, Castellanos and Benge tied the score at six each. Wilson then took an 0-2 pitch over the left-center field wall to put Salem up by three.
Reliever Andrew Politi then struck out the side in the eighth and, after giving up a solo homer to Ryan Aguilar and a single to Feliciano, was replaced by Eduard Bazardo who struck out Payton Henry to end the game and gain his third save of the season.
Wilson finished the game with four RBIs and Acosta and Rusconi drove in a pair of runs each for the Sox.
ON DECK: The two teams will meet for game two of the series Friday night with the first pitch slated for 7 p.m.