The Frederick Keys hit back-to-back home runs twice and tied a team record with a total of five -- two by Brad Seitzer -- in beating the Lynchburg Red Sox, 8-5, last night in Frederick, Md., to take sole posession of first place in the Carolina League's Northern Division before 3,517 at Harry Grove Stadium.
In the fifth inning, down 3-1, the Keys got four runs with one out. Brad Tyler's double scored Jason Alstead, who had tripled, then Red Sox pitcher Andy Rush gave up back-to-back home runs by Seitzer and Paul Carey for a 5-3 advantage.
In the sixth, after a 59-minute rain delay, Lynchburg's Walt McKeel retaliated with a two-run double off reliever Alan Plaster to tie the score.
In the bottom of the inning, Mike Coss homered to make it 6-5 Keys.
Tyler homered to lead off the Keys' seventh, pushing the lead to 7-5. Seitzer followed with his second homer and the second back-to-back in the game, a feat unprecedented in club history.
Lynchburg struck first behind an RBI double by Louis Ortiz (.448) in the first inning.
The Red Sox made it 3-0 off Keys starter Tom Taylor in the fourth inning when Denny Berni's bunt advanced Paul Rappoli (leadoff double) and Jim Crowley (walk) to second and third. Taylor then threw a wild pitch that scored Rappoli and sent Crowley to third. McKeel hit a sacrifice fly to score Crowley.
Both starting pitchers struggled: Taylor gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, while Rush gave up four in 4 1/3. Plaster (1-1) got the win.
Cannons 11, Indians 1: Prince William scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by Edwin Salcedo's grand slam, on the way to the Carolina League victory over host Kinston before 1,267 at Grainger Stadium.
Andrew Albrecht hit his first homer of the year on the next pitch to give Prince William a 5-0 lead. Kevin Jordan hit a two-run homer in the third inning, which gave the Cannons (4-5) a 7-0 lead.
Cannons starter and winner Bruce Prybylinski pitched six innings before yielding to Rich Polak (perfect in two innings) and Keith Seiler.
Kinston dropped to 3-6.