The SeaWolves dropped the series finale with the Harrisburg Senators, 12-5, on Wednesday afternoon at UPMC Park.
The SeaWolves took the lead in the bottom of the first against Harrisburg starter Jefry Rodriguez when Josh Lester belted a solo home run to right. The home run for Lester was his third and it gave the SeaWolves a 1-0 lead.
Harrisburg responded in the top of the second against Erie starter Kyle Funkhouser. Drew Ward led off with a single and Austin Davidson walked. Jake Lowery doubled home Ward, tying the game. Davidson scored on a Zach Collier sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
The Senators extended the lead in the third. Yadiel Hernandez led off with a single and Kelvin Gutierrez singled with one out. Ward then walked to load the bases for Davidson. Davison flew out for the second out but Lowery singled home a pair, giving Harrisburg a 4-1 lead.
Erie regained the lead in the home half of the third. Jacob Robson led off with a single and Lester walked with one out. Gabriel Quintana singled home Robson making it 4-2. Kenny Wilson then doubled home Lester to make it 4-3. Erie tied the game on a Herlis Rodriguez sacrifice fly, scoring Quintana. Troy Montgomery put Erie ahead 5-4 on a single that scored Wilson.
Funkhouser would exit after four innings and took a no-decision allowing four runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
The Senators went back ahead in the fifth against the Erie bullpen. Matt Hall gave up a single to Ward, a walk to Lowery and he hit Daniel Johnson with two outs to load the bases. Hall was lifted in favor of Jeff Thompson. Stephen Perez singled home both Ward and Lowery for a 6-5 Senators lead. Thompson walked Hernandez to reload the bases for Dan Gamache. Gamache walked to plate Johnson to make it 7-5. A wild pitch then scored Perez to make it 8-5. The Senators capped a five-run inning with a Gutierrez base hit off of Kurt Spomer that scored Hernandez to make it a 9-5 game.
In the top of the sixth, Lowery and Collier started the frame with back-to-back hits. Perez singled home Lowery with one out making it 10-5.
Erie's fifth pitcher of the game was Gerson Moreno who came into the game in the seventh. With two outs, Moreno gave up three consecutive singles to Ward, Davidson and Lowery to plate another run for an 11-5 advantage.
The Senators scored a final run to make it 12-5 in the ninth against reliever John Schreiber. With two outs, Lowery walked and was doubled home by Collier.
Rodriguez (2-3) earned the win for the Senators allowing five runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
Hall (0-2) took the loss allowing three runs on one hit with a walk and a strikeout in 0.2 innings.
The SeaWolves begin a four-game series on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park. Lefty Tyler Alexander (3-0, 2.67 ERA) takes the mound for Erie.
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