Keys win, keep playoff hopes alive Minors


WILMINGTON, Del. -- Frederick built an early four-run lead, then held off repeated Wilmington rallies for a 7-6 victory last night that kept the Keys in the Single-A Carolina League playoff race.

With four to play here, the Keys are 2 1/2 games behind Wilmington and three behind Lynchburg, which assumed the second-half lead in the Northern Division with a win over Salem.

After falling behind 4-0 in the third, the Blue Rocks used the long ball to come back twice.

Al Shirley connected with one on in the third and Michael Evans with two on in the sixth, shaving the Keys' lead to 6-5.

But Johnny Isom drove in what proved the winning run in the seventh with a single against Tim Grieve, increasing his league-leading RBI total to 103.

Sydney Ponson (7-6) gave up the homers but got the win by going six innings. The Keys' bullpen, which has struggled all season, protected the margin despite allowing a seventh-inning run.

Rick Short led a 13-hit Keys attack with two doubles and two singles and scored three runs.

Pub Date: 8/31/96

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