CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston Rainbows took a two-run lead into the eighth inning on Monday night, but the Hagerstown Suns rallied for three against Dalton Higgins in the final two frames to win the four-game series, 4-3, in front of 5,246 at Joe Riley Park.
The Suns (47-69, 19-28) trailed 3-1 after seven innings, but first baseman Jake Scudder cut the lead to one with a two-out home run off Higgins (5-4) in the eighth. Hagerstown shortstop Juan Pascal gave the Suns the lead with a two-run single roped to left field. The Rainbows went down in order in the ninth, earning Jhonatan German (1-1) his first victory for three relief innings.
Charleston (54-63, 21-28) took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on designated hitter Dermis Garcia's two-run double off the top of the left field scoreboard which scored third baseman Welfrin Mateo and left fielder Carlos Vidal.
The Rainbows added an insurance tally in the seventh when Vidal hit a slow chopper to the right side, allowing catcher Eduardo Navas to beat the force out at the plate for Charleston's third run. With the bases still loaded, second baseman Oswaldo Cabrera bounced into his team-leading 15th double-play to end the inning.
Charleston totaled three hits on Monday, tied for the second-fewest in a single game this season.
Rainbows starter Nolan Martinez was removed after four innings of one-run baseball, and right-hander Alexander Vargas delivered the next three frames scoreless with two hits. Vargas was in line for his fourth win until Hagerstown took its first lead in the ninth. Holy City starters have a 2.48 ERA over the last 11 outings, but Charleston is 4-7 in those contests.
Charleston was 41-5 when leading after seven innings entering Saturday's game two but relinquished eighth inning leads in two of the final three games against Hagerstown.
Charleston closed out the homestand 2-5 with the third straight loss. Since starting a league-best 12-4 in the second-half, the Holy City has gone a SAL-worst 9-24, falling to sixth of seven in the Southern Division.