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Salem blasts Carolina, breaks losing skid

A pair of five-run innings paved the way for the Salem Sox to squelch their five-game losing streak, and the elaborate postgame fireworks were simply the denouement to Salem’s 12-3 triumph over the Mudcats on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The Red Sox scored five times in the top of the first off Will Roberts to break away early, leaving Brandon Workman to levy his eighth quality start of the season. Seven Sox finished with multiple hits and seven Sox drove in runs in Salem’s first victory in July.

Heiker Meneses and Christian Vazquez each picked up three RBI and collected two hits for the Sox, while Matty Johnson, Michael Almanzar, and Sean Coyle all delivered three-hit nights for Salem. After going just 6-for-32 with runners in scoring position in the three games at Myrtle Beach, the Red Sox went 9-for-22 in clutch situations on Independence Day, becoming free from the burden of a five-game slide.

Six of the first eight Sox hitters recorded base hits in the five-run first inning, with five different men driving in runs in the opening frame.  The Mudcats scored a run in the third to make it 5-1, but Salem quickly retaliated to take a 6-1 lead in the fourth before sending five more runs across in the fifth to take an 11-1 lead. Meneses’ two-run triple was the only extra-base hit in the second five-run rally, joining three singles and four walks to give the Sox a 10-run cushion.

In his final frame on the mound, Workman surrendered a two-run homer to Giovanny Urshela  that made it 11-3. Workman rebounded to finish the sixth, dealing 86 pitches and 58 strikes in sixth win on the season. Workman scattered nine hits and allowed three runs, striking out four and walking none. In relief, Michael Gleason earned his third save, dealing three scoreless innings out of the Salem pen.

The Sox scored their final run of the night in the top of the ninth, taking a 12-3 lead on Xander Bogaerts’ infield single with the bases loaded. Bogaerts knock gave every Salem starter at least one hit in the night, as the Sox outhit the Mudcats  19-10.

The Red Sox and Mudcats reunite on Thursday evening, with Salem sending Miguel Celestino to the mound opposite Michael Goodnight. First pitch is set for 7:15.

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