The Princeton Rays got hot again on a hot evening.
With game-time temperature in the upper 80s, the Rays faced off with division-leading Danville and beat the Braves for the second straight day, 3-1 in front of 954 fans at Hunnicutt Field.
Hector Montes’ fifth double of the year scored Thomas Milone in the first inning, and Montes advanced the rest of the way to the plate on two wild pitches by Danville starter Daniel Cordero to give Princeton (10-8) a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Braves cut that lead in half in the fourth with consecutive singles to center field, followed by a sacrifice fly to center by Codey McElroy that brought Jordan Edgerton home.
Princeton got that run back in the next inning. Manny Sanchez began the bottom of the fifth with a double, took third on a sacrifice bunt, and dashed home on a sacrifice fly by Riley Unroe for the game’s last run.
Montes almost repeated his stealthy scoring in the sixth. He led off with a single, and got to second and then third via two more wild pitches by Cordero. The Danville right-hander recovered, though, striking out three Rays in order to leave Montes stranded.
Freddy Alvarez was in control for most of his five innings for Princeton, with six strikeouts while giving up just four singles and one walk. He sat down six Braves in a row at one point. Alvarez (2-1) claimed his second Appy League win.
Ruben Paredes worked the ninth, surrendering a walk but no hits, and earned his first Appy League save in his fifth appearance for Princeton.
Cordero (1-2) struck out eight Rays and gave up seven hits in six innings, taking the loss. Colby Holmes was perfect in two innings of relief.
Montes and Milone were each 2 for 4 at the plate for Princeton. Burlington leadoff man Sean Godfrey was also 2 for 4.
Danville (11-7), after an 11-3 start, lost its fourth straight game.
The two teams play each other today at 7:05 p.m. for the last time until Aug. 3. Princeton will be in Burlington, N.C., Wednesday through Friday and will host Bluefield Saturday through next Monday.
At Hunnicutt Field
Danville...............000 100 000 — 1 6 0
Princeton............200 010 00x — 3 7 1
Daniel Cordero, Colby Holmes (7) and Bryan De La Rosa, Wigberto Nevarez (7). Freddy Alvarez, Yonny Chirinos (6), Ruben Paredes (9) and Nick Ciuffo. WP - Alvarez (2-1). LP - Cordero (1-2). Sv - Paredes (1). Att - 954.