FREDERICK, MD., AUG. 8 -- The Frederick Keys began tonight's game in a horrible hitting slump and had been shut out in consecutive games. The opposing pitcher had the league's second-best ERA.
But none of that mattered as the Keys set a team record for runs and embarrassed the Lynchburg Red Sox, 21-2, in front of 4,603 at Harry Grove Stadium.
Tim Holland stroked five hits and Tyrone Kingwood had four hits and five runs batted in as the Keys scored a team-record 10 runs in the first inning, and added five in the second.
The Keys sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning as they chased Pete Estrada, whose ERA had been 2.39. Kingwood singled and doubled in the inning and batted in three runs; Holland and Dan Berthel each had two hits.
After Estrada (7-6) allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning, Tato Pratts relieved and gave up five more in the first, then allowed the five runs in the second.
Kingwood had a two-run single in the second and Roy Gilbert, who had four RBI, had a two-run double. Pratts was charged with 10 earned runs in one inning of work.
Mike Deutsch (3-0) was the beneficiary of the Keys outburst and pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs. David Riddle pitched the final three innings.
The Keys (18-24), who had scored only 28 runs in the last 14 games, moved to within 3 1/2 games of first place Prince William in the Carolina League's Northern Division, while the Red Sox (18-27) remained five games off the pace.
The 24 Keys hits also set a team record, as each player had at least one hit. Pete Rose Jr. ended three of the first four innings by making the last out, but finally singled in the seventh.
Four of the Keys hits were doubles, and Mike Richardson's eighth-inning home run, his third of the season, set the record for runs. Richardson, who also had four hits, hit his homer off outfielder Chris Whitehead, who was the Red Sox' most effective pitcher.