Feliciano homers again; Webb gets first win in Mudcats’ 7-6 victory

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ZEBULON — Mario Feliciano homered in his fourth straight game and right-handed starting pitcher Braden Webb went six innings to get his first win of the season as the Carolina Mudcats held off the Salem Red Sox 7-6 in Friday’s game at Five County Stadium.

The Mudcats (34-26) evened the Single-A Carolina League four-game series with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, erasing a 2-0 deficit. The Red Sox (19-39) scored four runs in the top of the ninth before left-hander Clayton Andrews subdued the uprising to earn his eighth save.

Webb (1-2) limited Salem to two runs, both earned, on two hits, four walks and a hit batter while fanning a season-high eight. He gave up a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. The Red Sox led 2-0 when starting pitcher Bryan Mata exited after five innings in his first start since May 4.

Carolina went to work against reliever Kris Jackson (0-1) in the sixth, starting with consecutive singles by Rob Henry and Ryan Aguilar. After Feliciano walked with the bases loaded, Payton Henry drilled a line drive off Jackson’s feet that ended up as a two-run double. Jackson left the game and his successor, Rio Gomez, allowed both inherited runners to score.

Feliciano smacked a two-out, two-run homer off Gomez in the seventh, giving him a Carolina League-best 14 on the season.

Rodrigo Benoit took over on the mound in the eighth for Carolina but was unable to finish the ninth, as Andrews came on. 

The teams play game 3 in the series Saturday at 5 p.m. with the series finale set for 2 p.m. Sunday.