Maloney drives in five runs as Pelicans blast past Dash

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (53-38, 13-9) scored four runs in the first inning Sunday and held on for a 9-7 win against the Winston-Salem Dash at TicketReturn.com Field.

Joe Maloney paced the Pelicans 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs. Maloney hit his third home run of the season, a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

The Pelicans led by as many as five, but the Dash scored three runs in the ninth inning and brought the potential tying run to the plate.

Right-hander Paul Schwendel (1-1) earned the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over four innings out of the bullpen. After Schwendel faced the first three batters in the ninth, Francisco Mendoza came in and got the final three outs for his second save in as many nights.

Drew Robinson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Rougned Odor extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 1-for-5 performance. Trever Adam s went 3-for-4 and reached base four times.

After the Dash took a 1-0 lead, the Pelicans scored four times in the first inning. Adams started the scoring with an RBI single. Maloney drilled a two-run single and Preston Beck added the first of his two sacrifice flies.

The Dash received a pair of opposite field home runs: a solo blast from Rangel Ravelo in the fourth and a two-run shot from Kevan Smith in the ninth inning.

Left-hander Victor Payano started for the Pelicans and went four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Myles Jaye (5-4) was saddled with the loss, surrendering six earned runs on eight hits over five innings.

The Pelicans lead the series two games to one and have reached a double digit hit total in all three games of the series. The Pelicans and Dash wrap up the four-game series Monday at TicketReturn.com Field.

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