Roberto Rivera, Ivanon Coffie, and Franky Figueroa helped the Frederick Keys take a five-run lead in the first inning tonight by blasting back-to-back-to-back home runs for the first time in club history. The Keys went on to defeat the Kinston Indians, 12-6, before 3,887 in a Class A Carolina League game at Harry Grove Stadium.
Frederick, which entered with seven losses in eight games, improved to 6-8 in the second half of the season. The Keys also snapped a five-game home losing streak.
Rivera, Coffie, and Figueroa accomplished their feat on three consecutive pitches. Rivera connected for the first of his two home runs -- a two-run blast to left -- to give the Keys a 2-1 edge in the bottom of the first. Coffie followed by drilling the next offering from Kinston starter and loser Mike Spiegel for a homer to right. Figueroa then smacked a towering home run down the left field line to break out of an 0-for-26 slump.
"Tonight we came out and swung the bat and gave our pitchers a lot of room to work with," said Figueroa, who went 3 for 5. "I had been struggling a bit, but luckily today I got in some extra work before the game and I was swinging the bat a little better."
Later in the first, Kinston first baseman Billy Munoz dropped a foul pop by Frederick shortstop Eddy Martinez that would have been the inning's final out. Martinez (3 for 3, walk) then lined a two-run double that bounced to the wall in left-center and gave the Keys a 6-1 lead.
Kinston closed to 8-6 in the fifth inning. But Eddy Garabito delivered an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh for the Keys, and Rivera added a two-run homer to right in the seventh.
Frederick reliever Ken Sims (5-2) picked up the win, and Sean Maloney contributed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
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