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SALEM, Va. — The Carolina Mudcats closed the book on April with their fourth straight victory, a 3-2 win in 10 innings at Single-A Carolina League foe Salem Red Sox.
Ryan Aguilar singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th and Rodrigo Benoit closed the door on the Red Sox (11-14) in the bottom of the inning for his seventh save, best in the league. Reliever Michael Peterson pitched 2 1/3 innings, retiring seven in a row from the seventh through the ninth, to earn the win in his first decision. Peterson, the third Carolina (16-10) pitcher, gave up no hits and walked none while striking out four.
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week Dylan File started and gave up both Salem runs before departing with two outs in the fifth in favor of J.T. Hinzen.
Rob Henry’s RBI single in the sixth tied the score 1-1 before Eddie Silva singled in the go-ahead run for the Mudcats four batters later.
The Red Sox tied the score in the bottom of the sixth.
It was Carolina’s first 2019 win in extra innings. The Mudcats finished April with 25 home runs, their most in the first month of the season since they hit 24 in April 2004.
Game 3 of the four-game series is a matinee with the first-pitch at Haley Toyota Field set for 11:05 a.m.