The Harrisburg Senators could not hold a two-run lead entering the seventh inning as Portland came back to win 5-3 on Wednesday night at Metro Bank Park.
Senators' starter Felipe Rivero allowed a triple and a walk to the first two batters of the game, but escaped the first inning by striking out two and inducing a pop out. Rivero pitched outstanding for the rest of his outing as he allowed just one other hit while striking out six in five scoreless innings.
The Senators scored first as Caleb Ramsey knocked in Brian Jeroloman with an RBI single, Ramsey's 41st RBI of the season. Then in the sixth, Harrisburg took the lead again as Kevin Keyes lined a long drive over the right field fence for his 19th home run of the season. The two-run dinger vaulted Harrisburg to 3-1 lead.
However, Portland responded with three runs in the seventh inning off Harrisburg's Colin Bates to move ahead, 4-3. Tyler Herron finished the seventh and then pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning to keep Harrisburg close. But in the ninth, Robert Benincasa allowed Portland to add a tally on a solo home run. The Senators went in order to end the game.
The finale of a three-game series begins tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Paolo Espino is set to start for Harrisburg against Portland's Eduardo Rodriguez. The game can be heard beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. on 1460 AM or via senatorsbaseball.com, 1460theticket.com or the iHeart Radio app.