Pelicans rally for three late runs to dispatch the Dash

The Mrytle Beach Pelicans (55-38, 15-9) overcame a 3-0 deficit Wednesday to defeat the Wilmington BlueRocks 4-3 at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans have won four straight games and are 4-1 on the current home stand.

With the scored tied 3-3 in the seventh inning, Patrick Cantwell drilled a go-ahead RBI single to left to give the Pelicans a one-run edge. The hit came amid a three-run seventh inning rally where the Pelicans sent eight men to the plate.

Right-hander Taylor Dennis (1-0) earned his first win, throwing two scoreless innings. Cody Fassold (5-5) took the loss out of the bullpen, allowing three earned runs on four hits over an inning. Francisco  Mendoza added his third save of the home stand and his fifth of the season.

The game was scoreless through five innings but Wilmington’s Dennis Raben hit a three-run home run off Luke Jackson, giving the Blue Rocks a 3-0 lead. Jackson went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts.

The Birds got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double from Rougned Odor, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-3 performance. Chris Grayson and Edwin Garcia also added two hits apiece. Garcia and Jake Skole each added RBI doubles during the seventh inning rally.

The Pelicans and BlueRocks play the second game of the four-game series Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Alec Asher (5-6, 3.41) will face lefty Sam Selman (7-6, 3.65). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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