SWB RailRiders blow lead in loss at Pawtucket

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For the second time in back-to-back days the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders built an early lead of at least three runs. And just like they did on Monday, the RailRiders lost their comfortable lead almost immediately.

The Pawtucket Red Sox chased RailRiders starter Chance Adams after just three innings, tagging him for five runs, and scored seven runs between the second and fourth innings en route to a 7-6 run win over the RailRiders. The loss was Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s fifth straight.

Similar to Monday, the RailRiders had the go-ahead run on base after Tyler Wade drove in Shane Robinson with a single to left to bring the RailRiders within 7-6, but the game ended in heartbreak.

With two outs, Clint Frazier hit a soft grounder back to Pawtucket closer Ryan Brasier. The right-hander threw over to first base but plunked Frazier. However, the RailRiders outfielder was running inside the baseline and was called out on batter’s interference to end the game.

With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Pawtucket scored a pair of decisive runs off of reliever Raynel Espinal.

The inning began with a double by Mike Olt, who scored one batter later when Ramon Flores singled him home for the go-ahead run. Flores would later score the pivotal run when Pawtucket outfielder Aneury Tavarez drove a single to left field to cap off the two-run frame.

Adam Lind and Rey Navarro both hit two-run home runs in the fourth inning to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 4-0 lead. It was Lind’s second home run with the RailRiders and Navarro’s first.

Robinson had the RailRiders’ hottest bat Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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