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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Carolina Mudcats received a quality start from Aaron Ashby on Friday night in evening its Single-A Advanced Carolina League series with the Potomac Nationals with a 6-2 victory at Northwest Federal Field.
Carolina, which moved to 40-31 in winning its first game of the second half, plated two runs in the first, eighth and ninth innings. Potomac (31-38, 1-1 second half) closed to within 6-2 in the ninth, but Clayton Andrews closed the door with his 10th save, working the last 1 2/3 innings.
Ashby allowed just three hits and struck out eight for his first Carolina League victory. Sixty-five of his 101 pitches went for strikes. Andrews inherited two Potomac runners in the eighth with one out, but guided the Mudcats out of danger unscatched.
The Mudcats took a 2-0 lead in the first after Mario Feliciano reached on a two-run error with the bases loaded. Devin Harison, who went 2 for 5, laced an RBI single in the eighth and Ryan Aguilar tacked on a sacrifice fly to increase the Carolina lead to 4-0.
Hairston repeated his feat in the ninth and Eddie Silva tacked on another sacrifice fly for a 6-0 Mudcats cushion.
Potomac scratched back against Andrews in the ninth with RBI doubles by K.J. Harrison and Alex Dunlap, but the Carolina closer settled down and recorded consecutive strikeouts to end it.
Carolina owned an 11-6 advantage in hits.
Nick Raquet was saddled with the loss for Potmoac, allowing five hits over four innings in his start. Only one of Raquet’s two runs were earned.
Julio Garcia, Rob Henry, Hairson and Wes Rogers all had two hits for the Mudcats.
The third game of the series is set for Saturday.