After clawing their way back to .500 with a five-game winning streak, the Lowell Spinners (10-11) dropped a 7-2 ball game to the Batavia Muckdogs (9-13) to end the streak.
Starting pitcher Nick Duron gave up four earned runs in a four-inning start. He struck out one and gave up four hits and a walk en route to his first loss of the season.
The offense was quiet early but got on the board in the top of the sixth. Nick Hamilton ripped a single then stole his third base of the season. He was later driven in by Brett Netzer, who now has an RBI in five consecutive games. Hamilton's run cut the lead to three.
Lefty reliever Ryan Oduber looked strong with five strikeouts in three innings of work but two earned runs put the Spinners in a five-run hole.
Mitchell Osnowitz came in to relieve Oduber in the bottom of the eighth and surrendered an earned run to make it a 7-1 game.
Frankie Rios delivered the Spinners' highlight of the night with an inside-the-park home run on a line drive to right-center. It makrs the sixth such play in team history and the first since Denier Lopez in 2014. Unfortunately it would not be enough to forge a comeback.
With a 7-2 loss, the Spinners return to Batavia tomorrow to wrap up a three-game series with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Following their day game tomorrow, Lowell hits the road and heads to Williamsport for a three-game set.
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