Beck’s grand slam helps fuel Pelicans to end losing skid

The first half champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans (64-48, 24-19) snapped a six-game losing streak Monday with an 8-1 win against the Frederick Keys at TicketReturn.com Field. The two teams will play the rubber match tomorrow night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Preston Beck finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a career-high five RBIs. Beck’s grand slam is the first by a Pelican since prior to the 2012 season.

Right-hander Nick Martinez (10-7) hurled six shutout innings and allowed just two hits to go along with six strikeouts. He is the first Pelican to reach a double digit win total since J.J. Hoover won 11 games for the Birds in 2010. The only two hits he allowed came back-to-back in the third inning.

The Pelicans raced out to a 7-0 lead after five innings against knuckleballer Zach Clark. Drew Robinson gave the Pelicans the lead in the third inning with a sacrifice fly. Beck gave the Pelicans some separation with a grand slam to right field in the fourth inning.

Clark (0-4) was saddled with the loss for the Keys, allowing seven earned runs on four hits over five innings. The right-hander walked five and struck out four.

Cody Kendall worked two innings out of the bullpen for the Pelicans and surrendered one earned run – a solo home run from Allan de San Miguel – on two hits. Taylor Dennis recorded the final three outs of the game.

The Pelicans and Keys play the rubber match Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Field. Left-hander Victor Payano (5-7, 6.29) will be opposed by lefty Trent Howard (3-0, 1.81). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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