FREDERICK -- The Frederick Keys will not set a team record for consecutive losses.
They were in danger of doing that last night, but grabbed the lead on Chip Lawrence's two-run, fifth-inning single and beat the Kinston Indians, 5-3, to end an eight-game skid at Grove Stadium.
And they did it against the Single-A Carolina League's best team, a fellow division winner they may meet in the championship round of the playoffs.
"Everybody's relieved that we finally got a win," said Lawrence, playing second base since the promotion of David Lamb to the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
"We're playing with a new group of guys now, and it takes a while to get adjusted to each other. I think this team is just as good [as the first-half winner], but may get it together a little later."
Batting against loser Jarrod Mays (5-3), Lawrence reached for a low-and-away pitch and lofted it into left-center field to score Mike Wolff and Lincoln Martin with the tying and go-ahead runs.
The Keys (4-13 second half) added a score in the sixth when Rafael Gross lost Wady Almonte's fly ball in the lights and it fell for a run-scoring triple.
Wolff, who is in a hot streak, and Chris Paxton hit consecutive homers off Mays in the second for Frederick's other two runs.
John Parrish (1-2) gained his first victory as a Key, giving up Marco Scutaro's home run to lead off the game and Scott Morgan's 23rd homer of the season.
Josh Towers pitched three one-hit innings in long relief, and Francisco Hernandez earned his 20th save despite walking two batters in the ninth.
Kinston (13-5 second half) scored its other run on a triple by John McDonald.
The Indians are playing without two of their big sluggers, Russell Branyan and Daniel Peoples, who are in Cleveland receiving treatment for injuries and will attend the All-Star Game.
Branyan has 25 homers, Peoples 23.
Frederick was one shy of the team record contingent on completion of a suspended game in which it was leading Kinston.
"We haven't been getting the big hit when we needed it," said Keys manager David Hilton. "But the first two or three weeks of the first half, we struggled, too.
"We didn't show signs of being a winner until about the fourth week."
Coolbaugh, an infielder for Huntsville in the Southern League, was named co-MVP with Baysox catcher Melvin Rosario, who went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Seven AL pitchers combined to hold the NL to four hits. Nine NL pitchers, each going one inning, held the AL to five hits but had three errors committed behind them.
Shorebirds 11, Bats 0: Joel Stephens and Craig Daedelow each hit a home run to lead Delmarva over visiting Greensboro, a New York Yankees affiliate, in a Single-A South Atlantic League game.
Pub Date: 7/08/97