FREDERICK, MD., JUNE 23 -- Lynchburg's Brian Conroy and Rennie Scott combined on a four-hitter as the Frederick Keys lost a 2-1 duel tonight before 7,861, the largest crowd to attend a game at Harry Grove Stadium.

Conroy (6-6) pitched 8 2/3 innings to gain the victory. Scott retired Pete Rose for the last out to notch his second save. Their efforts made a loser of Zachary Kerr, who was bidding for a Carolina League-leading 11th win.

Both teams did their scoring in the second inning. Lynchburg's Willie Tatum started the rally with a one-out single and moved to third on consecutive walks to Chris Whitehead and John Malzone. Scott Powers then lined a two-out single to left to make it 2-0.

Conroy's control fueled the Keys' rally in the bottom of the inning, walking Rose and Tim Holland. On an 0-2 pitch to Dan Berthel, he allowed a single to left to score Rose.

Both pitchers breezed through the middle innings, with Conroy encountering the fewest difficulties. He retired 16 consecutive batters following Berthel's single, the only hit the league's leading offense mustered to that point.

Kerr (10-3) was nearly as effectively. Following his troubled second, he allowed only a fifth-inning single to Ed Perozo and sixth- and ninth-inning walks to Paul Williams.

Poor base running took the Keys out of a potential two-out rally in the seventh.