ERIE — The Erie SeaWolves were unable to push across the tying run late on Thursday night at Jerry Uht Park as they dropped the series opener to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3 in front of 2,616 fans at Jerry Uht Park.
Erie dropped to 50-55 but remained 6 1/2 games behind Akron, which lost its eighth straight game.
Richmond (64-41) jumped on Josh Turley immediately as Kelby Tomlinson took the second pitch of the game down the right-field line for a triple. He came in to score on a Matt Duffy groundout and the Flying Squirrels were out to a 1-0 lead.
Trailing 4-0 in the last of the fourth, Erie loaded the bases against Richmond starter Kelvin Marte. Jason Krizan singled, Ramon Cabrera walked and Steven Moya singled to load the bases with no outs. Corey Jones lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Krizan making it 4-1.
Erie climbed closer in the sixth. Moya and Jones each singled putting a pair on. With one out, Francisco Martinez drove in the runs with a double to the alley in left-center making it 4-3. Erie would get no closer.
The ‘Wolves stranded the tying run on base in each of the last four innings as they dropped their seventh straight to Richmond.
Turley (1-1) took the loss allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and no strikeouts in five innings.
Moya and Krizan each had two hits for Erie. In the past six games, Krizan is 13-of-23 (.565).
Erie hosts Richmond tonight when it is “Christmas in July” at the Uht.