Bowie, Md. - The Baysox lost for the first time this season when leading after eight innings as the Harrisburg Senators scored three ninth-innings run to come-from-behind for a 4-2 win Tuesday night. Bowie entered the game 43-0 when leading after eight innings this season.
With two outs and the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Caleb Ramsey was the hero for Harrisburg, singling to shallow left field to bring home a pair of runs and give the Senators their first lead of the game.
It was the second night in a row that Harrisburg had scored in the top of the ninth inning to take a lead over the Baysox. The Senators had managed only three hits and one run in the first eight innings of the game, but came away with three hits and three runs in the ninth inning to steal the win.
Baysox starter Eduardo Rodriguez had one of his best outings of the year, throwing seven innings and allowed just one unearned run on three hits while striking out five and walking one in a no decision. He was pitching a shutout until the seventh inning when a fielding error and a balk helped the Senators get on the board.
The Baysox took another early lead in the bottom of the first inning against Harrisburg starter Brian Dupra. Mike Yastrzemski hit a lead off triple to center field and then scored on a Niuman Romero sacrifice fly to put Bowie up 1-0.
Bowie added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sharlon Schoop hit a two-out double to left field and Glynn Davis followed with a single to right field that plated Schoop and gave the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
The Senators got one run back in the top of the seventh inning against Rodriguez. Kevin Keyes drew a lead off walk and moved to second base when Ricky Hague reached on a fielding error by Schoop at shortstop. Both runners advanced on a balk and Quincy Latimore then came through with an RBI groundout to make the score 2-1.
Harrisburg stormed back to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning against Baysox closer Oliver Drake. Keyes drew a lead off walk and Latimore then hit a two-out single through the hole at shortstop. Pinch-hitter Matt Skole walked to load the bases and Ramsey followed with a single to shallow left field that brought home two runs. Michael Taylor then hit a ground-rule double to left-center field to bring home the final run and give the Senators a 4-2 lead.
Reliever Jason Gurka pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Baysox, walking one batter and striking out three. Drake pitched the ninth inning and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one in the loss. The blown save was his third of the season and snapped a streak of 15 consecutive saves for the closer.
Harrisburg reliever Paul Demny picked up the win, pitching two scoreless innings to finish out the game while not allowing a hit and striking out one.
LHP Anthony Vasquez (4-6, 4.70) takes the mound for the Baysox Wednesday as the team plays the final game in a three-game home series with the Harrisburg Senators. He will be opposed by RHP John Simms (2-1, 3.45).
The Baysox are home through Sunday, July 27 for a seven-game homestand that includes games against the Harrisburg Senators and Altoona Curve. Promotional highlights include the "Manny Claus" bobblehead giveawayThursday, July 24 at 6:35 p.m. and Daddy/Daughter Date Night Friday, July 25 at 6:35 p.m.
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