KINSTON, N.C. — The Down East Wood Ducks swept a doubleheader against the Salem Red Sox by the scores of 10-2 and 3-1 Friday night at Grainger Stadium to win three straight in the four-game series.
In the opener, a continuation for Thursday night’s suspended game, the Ducks outscored the Sox 9-1 over the last five innings, with seven of those runs coming after there were two outs and the bases empty.
The Woodies started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning on an Eric Jenkins solo homer.
Salem answered in the fourth with a Jarren Duran inside-the-park homer to tie the score.
Then came the onslaught. In the seventh inning after two outs and nobody on base, Leody Taveras walked followed by a Ryan Dorow single. After both runners advanced with a stolen base, Taveras scored on a wild pitch. Diosbel Arias then singled and Samuel Huff followed with a two-run single to make the score 6-3.
In the eighth, Garrett Benge singled and scored on an Isaias Lucena double for the Red Sox.
Down East added four runs in the bottom half of the inning when with two outs and the bases empty, Andrew Politi walked the bases loaded and Dorow delivered a two-run single. A walk by reliever Hunter Smith again loaded the bases and Huff followed with a single, plating two runs.
Joe Kuzia retired the Sox in the ninth to end the game.
Duran and Pedro Castellanos had two hits apiece for Salem, which totaled seven hits for the game.
In the nightcap, a seven-inning contest, the Ducks got on the board in the second inning on an RBI single by Julio Pablo Martinez scoring Arias followed by a Jenkins single that plated Martinez to go on top 2-0.
In the Red Sox third, Nick Lovullo led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout by Duran. Ryan Fitzgerald then, after fouling off five pitches with two strikes, laced an RBI single to left .
In the fourth, Martinez put the Woodies back ahead two runs with a two-out solo homer.
The Red Sox had only four hits over the last four innings and were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Sal Mendez threw five innings to earn the win, giving up one run while scattering seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Dylan Thompson was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Fitzgerald went 3 for 4 and Lovullo was 2 for 3 for the Sox.
ON DECK: The two teams meet in the series finale on Saturday with the first pitch slated for 6 p.m.