The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost another close game as they were edged 5-4 against the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.
In front of a sold out crowd of 8,332 fans, the Dragons got off to an early lead in the first inning with a RBI triple by designated hitter Jose Siri and a RBI single from catcher Tyler Stephenson to go up 2-0.
With those two runs, the Hot Rods have now been outscored by a 30-13 margin in the first inning this season.
Two innings later, a RBI single from third basemen John Sansone and a RBI double by second basemen Brantley Bell to double their lead at 4-0 while chasing Hot Rods starter Adrian Navas from the game.
It was the second start in a row for Navas of three or fewer innings.
To relieve Navas as the pitcher of record, the Hot Rods put together their best offensive charge in the top of the fourth inning. Against Dragons starter Andrew Jordan, the Hot Rods got a pair of two-run homers from first basemen Robbie Tenerowicz and third basemen Adrian Rondon to tie up the game.
The homer for Rondon was his first of the season, while Tenerowicz homered for his second straight game.
With the game still tied up at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Dayton put together a final rally against Hot Rods reliever Elias Torres (1-2). Following a lead-off single by Sansone, a wild pitch from Torres and groundout by Bell put the potential game-winning run just 90 feet away.
After Torres struck out infielder Luis Gonzalez, an infield single by outfielder Michael Beltre scored Sansone to give the Dragons the walkoff win.
For the Hot Rods, they are now just 2-7 in one run games.
Bowling Green got two hits from Tenerowicz and outfielder Joshua Lowe.
The Hot Rods got the five innings of scoreless relief from righty Peter Bayer. He did not give up a hit and allowed just one baserunner.
The Hot Rods will continue their week on the road at 6 p.m. CDT Friday.