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The scoring slump ended. The winless drought did not.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s hopes were crushed in a decisive eighth inning on Sunday as Columbus pulled away for an 11-3 win over the struggling RailRiders.


It was a season-worst fifth straight loss for the RailRiders, who have now lost 11 in a row to the Clippers, dating back to last season. At 32-36, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hit its new low point of the season at four games under .500.


The RailRiders had been shut out 7-0 by Columbus on Saturday night but played the Clippers close through six innings on Sunday.


Then a three-run homer by Carlos Moncrief in the seventh made it 7-3. The Clippers tacked on four more runs in the eighth to bury the RailRiders. Elliot Johnson hit a two-run double in the frame, followed by a two-run single by Giovanny Urshela (3-for-4, three RBI).


RailRiders starter Joel De La Rosa surrendered a run in each of the first four innings and did not come back out for the fifth.


Unlike in Saturday’s disappointing outing, however, the RailRiders were able to answer in the early going.


Urshela’s two-out RBI single in the first was followed in the top of the second by a single by Zelous Wheeler that knocked in Scott Sizemore, who led off with a double.


Columbus went back in front on an inside-the-park home run by Audy Ciriaco in the bottom of the frame when he came all the way around to score on a deep fly ball to left-center. But Corban Joseph answered with a conventional solo shot that made it 2-2.


But the Clippers weren’t done yet, striking again with two outs in each of the next two innings.


It was Roberto Perez in the third, driving in a run with a base hit, but a relay throw on the play from Sizemore to Francisco Arcia nailed Urshela at the plate to end the inning.


No matter. Columbus would get an RBI double from Tim Federoff in the fourth to make it 4-2 anyway.


Arcia drove in a run on a groundout in the top of the seventh to pull the RailRiders within a run before things began to fall apart in the home half.


De La Cruz took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season. Heath Bell and Preston Claiborne didn’t fare any better out of the bullpen as both allowed three earned runs.


Joseph went 3-for-4 to lead the RailRiders at the plate. Sizemore and Robert Refsnyder had two hits apiece. Zoilo Almonte singled to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active stretch in the International League.


The RailRiders’ road trip continues today as they begin a four-game series in Toledo at 7 p.m.


NOTES: The RailRiders added pitcher Jeremy Bleich to the roster from Double-A Trenton before the game. He replaced fellow right-hander Brian Gordon, who was granted his release.


Columbus 11, RailRiders 3

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Corban Joseph 1b`4`1`3`1`0`0`1


Antoan Richardson cf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Zoilo Almonte lf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Scott Sizemore 3b`4`1`2`0`1`0`0


Kyle Roller dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Zelous Wheeler rf`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Robert Refsnyder 2b`4`1`2`0`0`1`0


Francisco Arcia c`3`0`0`1`0`0`0


Carmen Angelini ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`35`3`9`3`1`1`1


Columbus`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Tyler Holt cf`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Tim Fedroff dh`2`2`1`1`1`0`0


Jesus Aguilar 1b`5`0`1`0`0`0`0


Elliot Johnson 2b`3`3`1`2`1`0`0


Giovanny Urshela 3b`4`1`3`3`0`0`0


Carlos Moncrief rf`4`1`2“3`0`0`1


Roberto Perez c`5`0`2`1`0`0`0


Audy Ciriaco ss`4`1`1`1`0`0`1


Justin Sellers lf`4`2`1`0`1`0`0


Totals`35`11`13`11`3`0`2


RailRiders`011`000`100 — 3


Columbus`111`100`34x — 11


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K


De La Cruz (L, 2-5)`4.0`7`4`4`3`2


Rondon`2.0`1`0`0`1`1


Bell`1.0`3`3`3`1`1


Claiborne`0.1`2`4`3`2`1


Miller`0.2`0`0`0`1`1


Columbus`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K


Salazar (W, 1-3)`5.0`4`2`2`1`4


Barnes (H, 4)`1.1`2`1`1`0`1


Ramirez (H, 1)`1.2`2`0`0`0`0


Hagadone`1.0`1`0`0`0`2


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