With President Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in attendance, the Keys dropped their fifth straight game, a 4-0 loss to the Durham Bulls last night in front of 6,205 at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md.
The Keys, who have played before the president in the past, put on an uninspired performance. Frederick (24-29), which entered having won 13 of 16 games against the Bulls (27-24), were blanked for seven innings by Barry Chiles (5-7).
Durham, which leads the Carolina League in home runs (101) and batting (.257 entering the game), twice used the long ball to take control.
Andre Johnson of Baltimore got the first run with a bases-empty homer to right in the fifth inning off Rick Krivda (3-1).
Tyler Houston added a two-run blast in the seventh to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile, Chiles handled the Keys. After a shaky first inning, he allowed only two hits over the next five innings.
Spirits 5-1, Cannons 3-4: Darren Hodges yielded six hits over seven innings and John Viera hit a two-run home run in the fourth to lead Prince William in the second game and salvage a split of a doubleheader in Winston-Salem.
Paul Torres hit a grand slam with two out in the fourth to give host Winston-Salem a victory in the opener of a doubleheader.