FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Jacob Meyers went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and three Fayetteville pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Woodpeckers defeated the Salem Red Sox 6-0 on Thursday at SEGRA Stadium.
The Sox (15-23) lost the last three games of the four-game set with Fayetteville (19-21).
Meyers broke things open in the bottom of the sixth inning, belting a three-run homer off Sox reliever Hunter Smith to make it 6-0. Meyers also had a triple and a single in the game while scoring twice.
Right-hander Dylan Thompson made his debut for the Boston organization a day after being signed out of the independent American Association. A 31st-round pick by Colorado out of UNC Greensboro in 2014, Thompson was released by the Rockies in 2015 and revived his career while pitching for the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
Thompson lasted three innings for Salem on Thursday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned two batters while throwing 40 of his 66 pitches for strikes.
The Woodpeckers got six of their 10 hits off Smith, who pitched three innings and now carries an 8.24 ERA.
The Sox could get little going against both Fayetteville starter Nivaldo Rodriguez and reliever Enoli Paredes, who each allowed only two hits in four innings of work. Tanner Duncan worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to close it out.
Leadoff man Jarren Duran continued to shine for Salem, going 3 for 5 to raise his average to a Carolina League-best .413.
The Sox close out their scheduled 10-game road trip (shortened to eight by two rainouts) with three games at Frederick, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday . Salem returns to Haley Toyota Field on Monday to begin an eight-game homestand.