The Frederick Keys' losing streak reached five games today as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans notched a 9-3 Class A Carolina League triumph before 5,887 at Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick (24-26) has lost six of its past seven games after winning six of the previous seven. The Pelicans (24-25), a first-year team, have won a club-record five straight after dropping the opener of the six-game series, which included two doubleheaders.

"We need to play hard, keep our heads up, and not get down," Keys Manager Andy Etchebarren said. "If we play good, sound fundamental baseball we will turn things around."

The Keys, who had lost each of their previous four games by two runs or fewer and have dropped 12 one-run games this season, fell behind 8-1 in the sixth inning.

The Pelicans scored three runs in the first off Jay Spurgeon (2-3), highlighted by Mike Hessman's RBI double. Hessman, who added a three-run homer in the third, is tied for the league lead with 11 home runs.

Frederick loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but managed just one run on a sacrifice fly by Richard Paz. The Keys' other runs came on a solo homer by Franky Figueroa in the second and an RBI single in the seventh by Darnell McDonald (3 for 5). Figueroa leads the team with seven homers and 32 RBI.

INDIANS 8, CANNONS 5: Host Kinston scored all of its runs off Finley Woodward in the second and third innings. Kinston (26-22) scored five runs in the bottom of the second, but Potomac answered with five in the top of the third, led by Andy Bevins's grand slam. Kinston responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

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