Yojhan Quevedo drove in two runs for his fourth multi-RBI contest of the season, and the Frederick Keys defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks 4-2 Monday night at Nymeo Field.
The Keys (40-48, 5-14 second half) jumped out to an early lead in the second inning. Jake Ring collected a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He then scored on a Quevedo double to make it 1-0.
The 1-0 lead stood until the fourth inning. For the second straight game, an opposing team hit back-to-back home runs. D.J. Burt led off with his first homer of the year, while Emmanuel Rivera followed with his fourth for Wilmington. The two home runs allowed marked the most that Matthias Dietz allowed in a game in his career.
However, the Keys tied it up in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Ring walked. Two batters later, Alejandro Juvier hit a double to right-center field that scored Ring from first.
It remained a 2-2 game until the sixth. Following a Chris Clare double, Ring walked to set up Quevedo. He then singled to left field to score Clare and give the Keys the lead.
The Keys added another run in the seventh. Preston Palmeiro started the frame with a single and moved to third on a Wilson Garcia single. Randolph Gassaway then drove in Palmeiro with a double.
Tyler Erwin escaped trouble in the top of the eighth as the Blue Rocks threatened with the bases loaded. He induced a double play off the bat of Rudy Martin to end the frame. Erwin then pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his ninth save.