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ZEBULON — The Carolina Mudcats dropped their fifth straight game Thursday night as the visiting Winston-Salem Dash completed a three-game sweep with a 6-4 victory at Five County Stadium.
In a game that featured 18 combined hits, the Mudcats (60-62, 21-32 second half) did not have a player with more than one hit.
In just the second at-bat, Dash center fielder Tyler Frost hit a solo home run to left center to take an early 1-0 lead. Carolina drew even in the bottom of the second on Devin Hairston’s run-scoring double that plated Trever Morrison.
By the fifth, the Mudcats briefly took the lead on a fielding error by Winston-Salem third baseman Yeyson Yrizarri that scored Brice Turang.
That lead, though, did not last long.
In the top of the sixth, Winston-Salem (63-53, 25-27 second half) put the game away for good, scoring four runs. The first came across on an RBI single by Mitch Roman before Johan Cruz laced a bases-clearing, three-run double to give the Dash a 5-2 edge.
The Mudcats replied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but could not produce a tie.
One final run scored by the Dash in the top of the seventh ended the scoring. In the final two innings, the Mudcats did not manage a hit.
Andrew Perez, who gave up the bulk of the Mudcats’ runs, earned the victory in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief. Perez gave up two hits, three runs, a walk and struck out two batters.
The Mudcats’ Cody Beckman blew his third save of the season and was saddled with the loss, as he came in relief of starter Matt Smith in the sixth and managed to get just one out before being pulled. Beckman gave up three hits, four earned runs and walked two batters.
Carolina begins a road series at the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday.