FREDERICK, MD., JUNE 8 -- Tonight's matchup against Peninsula figured to be just what the tired Frederick Keys needed. And the Pilots, with the Carolina League's worst team batting average, didn't disappoint.

The Keys, coming off a seven-game road trip that included a 17-inning marathon on Wednesday, scored seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Pilots in the first of a three-game series before 5,904 at Harry Grove Stadium.

"They were physically tired and it doesn't hurt a thing that they scored seven runs early," said Keys Manager Wally Moon of his players.

Frederick scored twice in the first off Jim Gutierrez (2-8). With one out, Mike Richardson singled to center and Tim Holland walked. Ken Shamburg then drilled a 2-1 pitch down the third-base line for a 2-0 lead.

Frederick's league-leading offense batted around after two outs in a five-run second inning, highlighted by Pete Rose's two-run triple. Mike Lehman opened with a single. Two outs later, Richardson hit an RBI double to right field.

Tim Holland singled in Richardson and Shamburg followed with a walk. Rose then looped a weak fly ball to short right-center that fell between right fielder Damon Saetre and second baseman Delvin Thomas. Dan Berthel followed with a run-scoring infield hit.