CLEARWATER, Fla. - Wilson Garcia extended his on-base streak to 14 consecutive games, but the Stone Crabs put up four runs in the first inning on Tuesday in sending the Threshers to a 6-2 loss at Spectrum Field.
Clearwater (20-13) and Charlotte (15-17) are now even at a game apiece in the three-game set.
Garcia pulled a single through the right side in the sixth inning to push his on-base streak to a season-long 14. Deivi Grullon saw his 11-game hit streak come to a close on Tuesday, finishing 0-for-4.
The Threshers found themselves down quickly, after leadoff man Ryan Brett jumped on a 3-1 pitch from Franklyn Kilome and homered into the Threshers bullpen to put Charlotte ahead, 1-0.
Kilome (2-2) struck out Major League rehabber Matt Duffy on a 96 mph fastball, but issued four consecutive walks to push home a second run.
Following a strikeout of Jake Fraley, David Rodriguez singled home two more to open up a 4-0 advantage for the Stone Crabs and end the evening for Kilome.
Charlotte manufactured a fifth run facing reliever Luke Leftwich in the second, when Ryan Brett reached on an infield hit, stole second, and moved to third on a groundout. Brett crossed the plate on a Jake Cronenworth sacrifice fly.
Clearwater got one back in the bottom of the second. Jose Pujols led off with a high fly that just cleared the wall in left for his second home run of the season, making it a 5-1 deficit. Jake Fraley's RBI single for Charlotte pushed it back to a five-run game in the third.
The Threshers put the first two on against Greg Maisto in the sixth, when Damek Tomscha walked and Garcia followed with a single through the right side.
With one out Charlotte went to the bullpen and called upon Joe Serrapica (1-0). After a strike out of Deivi Grullon, Drew Stankiewicz chopped a single through the right side to plate Tomscha and make it 6-2.
The rubber game of the three-game set will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday for Education Day, when Cole Irvin (3-2) takes the hill against fellow lefty Michael Velasquez (0-3). The game will be broadcast beginning with Threshers Live the pregame show at 10:15 a.m. on threshersbaseball.com.
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