Salem uses long ball to down Wood Ducks, 4-2

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KINSTON, N.C. (DEWDS) – Marcus Wilson hit two home runs to help the Salem Red Sox down the Down East Wood Ducks, 4-2, Saturday night at Grainger Stadium.

Final: Down East 2, Salem 4
Win: Mata (3-1)
Loss: Medina (1-1)
Save: Politi (1)
Time: 2:46

The Wood Ducks took the first lead after Hasuan Viera reached safely on a bunt single and was immediately brought home by a double from Clay Middleton for a 1-0 lead.

Marcus Wilson answered for Salem to knot the contest 1-1 in the fourth inning with an opposite-field home run.

Sam Huff and Yanio Perez connected back-to-back singles, Perez’s knock scored Huff to reclaim a 2-1 Woodie’s lead after four innings.

Wilson’s next plate appearance pulled Salem ahead for the night, this time with a two-run home run to right field to pull ahead 3-2.

Salem found insurance with two outs after Keith Curcio walked and Pedro Castellanos was hit by a pitch when Victor Acosta singled to advance the Sox 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

Bryan Mata (win, 3-1) allowed his first runs in twelve innings since returning from the IL. The righty finished after five innings of work, permitting two runs on five hits.

Jefferson Medina (loss, 1-1) gave up three runs on five hits in three innings and struck out two.

The series continues Sunday when the Wood Ducks send righty Reid Anderson ( - , .) to the mound to face off with Salem righty Thad Ward (0-0, 0.00) in his Carolina League debut. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. The broadcast will begin at 12:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull, and online at 960thebull.com as well as on MiLB First Pitch, and TuneIn Radio Apps. For tickets and more information visit woodducksbaseball.com or call (252) 686-5172.