Surging Pelicans beat Sox for seventh straight victory

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-13) defeated the Salem Red Sox 8-3 Monday, extending their winning streak to seven games, the team’s longest streak since the 2008 season. With the win, the Birds swept the Red Sox and wrapped up a 7-0 home stand.

Right-hander Nick Martinez (4-2) earned his team-leading fourth win, allowing three earned runs on six hits over six innings. Joe Van Meter worked three perfect innings with four strikeouts to tally his third save.

The Pelicans scored three runs on four hits in the first inning. Drew Robinson doubled in a run, and two more scored on a throwing error from pitcher Michael McCarthy. The lead was short lived as the Red Sox rallied to tie the game with a run in the second and two runs in the fourth inning. David Renfroe tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the second. Brandon Jacobs doubled in the fourth before Blake Swihart tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Preston Beck’s RBI double in the fourth inning put the Birds in front for good. Kevin Torres added to the scoring with a sacrifice fly. The lead swelled to 7-3 following a fifth-inning RBI double from Adams and a sac fly from Royce Bolinger.

Bolinger added an RBI single in the seventh and finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor, Adams and Beck also registered two hits.

McCarthy (2-2) took the loss for Salem, allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits over four innings.

The last time the Pelicans won more than six straight games was in 2008 when they strung together streaks of 11, eight and seven games. The perfect home stand included a three-game sweep of Lynchburg and the four-game sweep of Salem. Overall the Birds have won nine straight home games.

The Pelicans begin a six-game road swing Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark. Right-hander Luke Jackson (4-1, 1.72) will get the ball for Myrtle Beach. The Dash haven’t announced a starter. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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