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ZEBULON — A pair of solo home runs and a mid-afternoon downpour was enough for the Salem Red Sox to escape with a 2-1 victory over the host Carolina Mudcats in Sunday’s Single-A Carolina League series finale.
The game was called after a 52-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth inning with the tying run on second base for the Mudcats (35-27). Mario Feliciano ripped a two-out double to score Clayton Andrews with Carolina’s only run. But with Payton Henry at bat and a 3-2 count, the skies opened and the game was eventually called as the teams split the four-game series.
Salem starting pitcher Kutter Crawford (4-5) worked all 5 2/3 innings to get the win while Nelson Hernandez (6-4) went six innings in a losing effort for the Mudcats. The Red Sox (20-40) took the lead in the second inning on Edgar Corcino’s solo shot and doubled their advantage in the top of the sixth when Marcus Wilson homered with nobody on base.
The Mudcats hit the road Monday for a three-game series against the Frederick Keys in Maryland.