Salem Sox score 7 in the seventh to even late season series with Delmarva

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Ceddanne Rafaela’s two-run homer and Gilberto Jimenez’s two-run single highlighted a seven-run seventh inning for the Salem Red Sox, who came back from behind to defeat Delmarva 8-3 on Wednesday night at Haley Toyota Field.

The victory evened the week-long series with the Shorebirds as the two battle to stay in contention for a playoff spot in Low-A east. The Red Sox improved to 58-40 while Delmarva dropped to 55-43.

The Sox found itself in a 3-0 hole in the third when an error by third baseman Blaze Jordan allowed Ryne Ogren to score the game’s opening run. Singles by Connor Norby and Colton Cowser extended the Shorebirds’ lead.

Salem got a run back in the bottom half of the third thanks to Tyler McDonough’s single. But it wasn’t until the seventh when the Sox were able to rally.

Jordan sparked the offense with a lead-off single before Rafaela’s homer tied the game at three.

Jimenez broke the tie with a line drive to right to bring home the go-ahead runs. Nick Decker added a run with a grounder up the middle and Niko Kavadas was able to plate the final pair of runs when John Rhodes failed to catch a pop-up fly ball in right field.

The two teams continue their six-game series Thursday night at Haley Toyota Field with first pitch set for 7 p.m.

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