Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer allowed six runs over the first three innings as the Akron Aeros fell to the Bowie Baysox 7-3 in the rubber match of a three-game series Wednesday at Prince George's Stadium.
Packer suffered the loss for Akron pitching six innings, giving up nine hits, walking three and striking out two.
With the loss, the Aeros (66-64) have fallen five and a half games back of Bowie for the Western Divison Wild Card spot and seven games back of first place Harrisburg with 12 games to play.
Right-handed pitcher Zach Clark earned the win for Bowie lasting five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits, walking four and striking out two.
In the bottom of the first inning, Joe Mahoney rapped a two-RBI double to left field to give the Baysox (71-58) a 2-0 lead. Brandon Waring followed with a two-run home run to make it 4-0.
Ronnie Welty hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to increase the lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Baysox took a 6-0 lead on a Waring RBI double.
The Aeros rallied in the top of the fifth inning. Michel Hernandez led off with a solo home run to cut the deficit to 6-1. Kyle Bellows singled and advanced to third on a Raul Padron double. Donnie Webb followed with an RBI single scoring Bellows and cutting the Baysox lead to 6-2. Padron scored when Cristo Arnal grounded into a double play to make it 6-3.
That was as close as Akron would get as Bowie tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to the win.
The Aeros begin an eight-game homestand on Thursday with the first of a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Brett Brach, who is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 2011. He will face left-handed pitcher and former Aero Chuck Lofgren, who is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA this season.
Donnie Webb hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Akron Aeros a 10-9 walk-off win over Bowie Baysox in game one of a three-game series Monday at Canal Park.
Right-hander Cory Burns pitched a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win for the Aeros. Left-handed pitcher Matt Packer made the start for Akron pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and striking out seven while walking one.
The Baysox (37-37) scored first in the top of the second inning. Caleb Joseph led off with a double. With two outs, Pedro Florimon doubled Joseph home to give Bowie a 1-0 lead.
Xavier Avery homered to open the top of the third inning giving the Baysox a 2-0 lead.
The Baysox took a 3-0 lead on an LJ Hoes groundout in the top of the fifth inning.
Brandon Waring made it 5-0 Baysox as he hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning.
The Aeros (38-39) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Weglarz led off with a walk. Kyle Bellows followed with a single that was misplayed by Avery in center field allowing Weglarz to score and Bellows to move to third. Following a pitching change, Donnie Webb singled home Bellows to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Akron scored again in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, Weglarz, Bellows and Webb worked walks. Juan Diaz came in to pinch hit for Juan Apodaca and singled home Weglarz to cut the Baysox lead to 5-3.
Bowie answered with four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 9-3 lead.
The Aeros rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jordan Henry led off with an infield single. Karexon Sanchez and Beau Mills followed with back-to-back walks. The walks chased right-hander Brandon Cooney, who was replaced by righty Raul Rivero. Rivero was greeted by back-to-back two-RBI doubles from Matt McBride and Weglarz to make it 9-7. Diaz followed with an RBI sacrifice fly that was dropped to allow the tying run to score.
Akron won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on the Webb bloop RBI single.
The Aeros and Baysox will continue their three-game series Tuesday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, who is 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 2011. He will face left-handed pitcher Rick Zagone, who is 2-6 with a 4.95 ERA this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
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