The Wilmington Blue Rocks scored five of the game's final six runs tonight en route to a victory before a season-high crowd of 9,128 in a Class A Carolina League game at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Keys have lost seven times to the Blue Rocks this season, and in six of those games Wilmington has rallied to beat the Keys. It was the eighth straight win for the Blue Rocks. The Keys (26-29) are headed in the opposite direction, losing for the ninth time in 12 games.
Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, the Keys put runners on first and third with one out after Darnell McDonald and Eddy Garabito drew consecutive walks from reliever Carlos Paredes. Paredes then left the game with a blister, and Donnie Delaney struck out Luis Matos and Jayson Werth to end the game.
Wilmington took a 1-0 lead in the second on Rico Montas's first home run of the season, a solo shot to left off starter Jay Spurgeon.
The Keys came back with three runs in the third inning, on McDonald's solo home run, Werth's sacrifice fly and Chris Paxton's RBI double.
The Blue Rocks, however, took the lead for good by scoring five runs over the next three innings, including one on Joe Dillon's 10th home run and one each on RBI singles by Vic Radcliff and Montas.
THUNDER 7, BAYSOX 5: Trenton's Wilton Veras hit a two-run home run off Ryan Kohlmeier (2-1) in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Thunder (37-15) past Bowie (31-22) in a Class AA Eastern League game at Trenton's Waterfront Park.
Left fielder Rick Short gave the Baysox a short-lived lead with a three-run home run in the top of the third. Trenton, the Northern Division's first place team, tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning off Bowie starter Javier De la Hoya. Thunder reliever Chuck Beale (2-2) threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the victory.
Trenton first baseman David Gibralter hit two home runs.
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