CHARLESTON, WV - Rome started fast but finished with a thud in a 5-2 loss Monday night to the West Virginia Power. The Braves had an early lead thanks to homeruns by Justin Dean and Griffin Benson but could not muster a hit in the final 6 innings of the game.
Dean continued his hot road trip by ripping a leadoff homer out to left on the first pitch of the game from Power starter RHP Josias De Los Santos. Benson opened the 2nd inning with a solo homer to right center to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. They would not score again as De Los Santos settled into a groove and retired the final 11 batters he faced.
West Virginia tied the game on a two run homer from Onil Pena off Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel in the 4th and took the lead with a rally in the 6th inning.
The Power added their final two runs in the 7th against hard-throwing Rome reliever RHP Luis Mora, taking a 5-2 advantage into the final frames.
With one out, Rome used a walk and a hit by pitch to put two runners on base in the 8th but could not score. They finished 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
Dean completed his night 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Benson was 1-4 with a homerun. Jose Bermudez was 1-4 with a stolen base. Braden Shewmake was 1-3 with a walk.
Rangel took the loss but did not pitch poorly. He threw 6 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk.
Rome and West Virginia conclude their four game series Tuesday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. First pitch of Game 4 is set for 12:05 pm. Rome starts RHP Jose Olague (9-6, 3.72) while the Power put LHP Nate Fisher (0-1, 6.91) on the mound.
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