The Clearwater Threshers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning on Sunday, but the Jupiter Hammerheads surged for four runs off Jeff Singer to hand the Threshers a series loss and a 5-3 defeat at Roger Dean Stadium.
Clearwater (34-29) dropped three-straight to Jupiter (28-34), and is tied with the Daytona atop the FSL North pending the outcome of the Tortugas' series finale against Palm Beach.
Jupiter rallied for a four-spot with two outs against the Threshers closer in the eighth.
Kyle Barrett walked to open the inning, but Singer got Junior Arroyo to line out and Angel Reyes to pop out. On a 2-1 pitch, Dustin Geiger tied the game with a two-run home run to left-center to bring it even at three apiece.
John Silviano drew a four-pitch walk, and Roy Morales took a five-pitch base on balls before the Threshers called upon Matt Hockenberry with two on and two out. Brad Haynal jumped on the first pitch and lined a double to right to score Silviano and Morales and put the Hammerheads up 5-3.
The Threshers pulled ahead early, and led until the eighth thanks to another effective starting pitching performance.
Franklyn Kilome took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before Barrett singled to break up the bid. Barrett proceeded to steal second, and a wild pitch on ball four to Arroyo put runners at the corners. Reyes followed with a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-1 game.
Kilome worked 5.1 innings in the no-decision, and surrendered just one run on two hits and three walks. He picked up four strikeouts and left after 88 pitches, 54 strikes.
Clearwater starting pitchers have surrendered only eight earned runs across 57.1 innings for a 1.26 ERA in the month of July. No starter has allowed more than two runs in an outing this month.
Jose Pujols got Clearwater on the board in the third inning, homering to left-center off James Buckelew.
Emmanuel Marrero reached on an error, and Mark Laird put down a bunt single. Grenny Cumana bunted as well, and Marrero came in to score on an errant throw from Arroyo at third. Wilson Garcia followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
The Threshers will look to bounce back when they return home to Spectrum Field on Monday to open a four-game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 7 p.m. Cole Irvin (3-6) will take the hill in the opener against fellow lefty Josh Turley (0-0), and the game will be broadcast live on threshersbaseball.com starting at 6:45 p.m.
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