Salem Red Sox sweep two from Winston-Salem Dash

salem red soxThe Salem Red Sox continued their recent streak of great play by sweeping a doubleheader with the Winston-Salem Dash Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Sox won game one 4-2, and came from behind to win 3-2 in the nightcap.

The Red Sox (77-47, 33-21) got off to a quick start in the opening game, when Joseph Monge connected for a leadoff home run against Tanner Banks to give Salem an early 1-0 lead.

Winston-Salem (52-73, 24-31) got even against Matt Kent in the bottom of the first inning, scoring a run on a Mason Robbins double to tie the score at one.

Salem plated an unearned run against Banks (6-3) in the top of the third, when Mike Meyers singled to plate Ben Moore to take a 2-1 lead. Moore went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his first action since being activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

The Dash knotted the game at two against Kent (9-6) in the bottom of the third thanks to a Landon Lassiter double, but a botched double steal of second and home helped Kent evade further trouble in the inning. With Gerson Montilla swiping second base, Lassiter was gunned down at home by a relay throw from Deiner Lopez to keep the game tied.

Meyers led off the top of the sixth with a single and two batters later, Nick Longhi drove him home with an opposite-field double. Longhi later scored on a Jose Sermo sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead.

Yankory Pimentel relived Kent after six strong innings to nail down his sixth save of the season.

In the nightcap, Trey Ball and Zach Thompson kept the game scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. Nick Basto led off with a triple and scored two pitches later when Zack Collins grounded out to first base, and the Dash took a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth against reliever Alex Katz, Salem scored the equalizer when Rafael Devers scored on a wild pitch after stealing third base.

The tie would not last long, as Ball (7-5) surrendered a solo home run to Collins in the bottom of the sixth to put Winston-Salem back on top, 2-1.

Yelmison Peralta (0-2) served up a game-tying solo home run to Jordan Betts leading off the top of the seventh, and a Devers triple later scored Lopez to give Salem a 3-2 advantage.

Jamie Callahan worked around a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh to earn his sixth save of the season and seal the doubleheader sweep.

With the wins, Salem’s winning streak now stands at a Red Sox-era record of nine games. It is the longest winning streak in franchise history since the 2007 Salem Avalanche won 12 contests in a row.

The Red Sox finish the three-game series with the Dash Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm. Salem will send Anyelo Leclerc (2-2, 5.35) to the mound in the opener, while Winston-Salem counters with Kelvis Valerio (3-4, 4.01). Follow along with all the action on the Salem Red Sox Baseball Network, with pre-game coverage beginning at 1:45 pm.

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