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Thursday, August 15, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mookie Betts singled home Stefan Welch in the top of the 10th inning as the Salem Red Sox avenged the previous night’s 18-inning defeat in Wilmington, Del., by surviving a Winston-Salem rally and winning 5-4 in 10 innings at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday evening.
After surrendering an RBI groundout in the first inning, the Sox started stringing hits together against Dash starter Mike Recchia. In the second, with the bases loaded, Nick Natoli singled to right, scoring David Chester, but Betts was thrown out at the plate. Matty Johnson would then lace an RBI double to give Salem a 2-1 lead.
In the third, Carson Blair hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall to make the score 3-1. A Welch RBI single in the fourth made it 4-1 and with Sox starter Mike Augliera cruising, things looked good for Salem.
However, in the bottom of the eighth, third baseman Chris Curley stroked a two-run double off Sox reliever Kyle Kraus to draw the Dash to within one and Courtney Hawkins tied the game with a two-out RBI double.
Salem, however, wouldn’t let this one get away as after two quick outs in the top of the 10th, Dash reliever Brandon Hardin surrendered three consecutive singles, the third of which was the game-winning RBI single by Betts.
Kraus (4-2) picked up the win in relief for Salem.
Game two of the series will feature Mickey Pena (5-7, 4.26) taking the mound to face Dash right-hander Jake Cose (5-4, 4.31) at 7 p.m.
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