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MOOSIC — A game of inches began causing miles of frustration for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.


A hit-and-run single through a vacated spot scored one run and a double that glanced off a glove led to another.


And even one crazy, confusing inning that went their way couldn’t change fate for the RailRiders.


Tyler Pastornicky drilled a two-run double in the ninth inning, then Gwinnett held off an exciting RailRiders rally for a 6-5 victory Tuesday at PNC Field.


Gwinnett rode the momentum of a few fortunate bounces to a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, and things stayed that way for most of the night.


Then those breaks all turned the way of the RailRiders in a very strange seventh inning.


Catcher Austin Romine, batting as the designated hitter, chugged home as part of a delayed double-steal and Antoan Richardson followed him across the plate on a seldom-seen catcher’s error as the RailRiders hopped past Gwinnett to take a 4-3 lead.


That go-ahead rally by the RailRiders started and finished in the most unconventional of ways.


Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, Romine began the rally when he grounded a single just off the glove of diving Gwinnett second baseman Pastornicky. Two outs later, Richardson chopped a spinner over first base, sending Romine to third base. When Richardson stole second, Romine broke for home and was safe with his first steal of the season when the ball was thrown wide of home plate.


That took Richardson to third base, and he didn’t have to work nearly as hard to get home.


With Carmen Angelini batting, Gwinnett pitcher Carlos Fisher bounced a pitch in the dirt. G-Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt blocked it, but the ball dunked into his catcher’s mask laying in front of him. When Bethancourt picked the mask up containing the ball, the RailRiders picked up the go-ahead run.


According to Rule 509G, the ball became dead when it lodged in the mask, and Richardson was awarded home on a play scored as other advancement - with Bethancourt charged with an error on the play.


There was no mistaking Gwinnett’s intent in the top of the ninth, though.


Edward Salcedo singled and Jose Constanza reached on an infield hit when RailRiders shortstop Angelini had trouble digging the ball out of his glove - the fourth odd hit of the night for Gwinnett.


Pastornicky followed by drilling a two-run double down the right field line, then scored an insurance run when Joey Terdoslavich singled for a 6-4 Gwinnett lead.


It turned out the G-Braves needed it.


The RailRiders nearly rallied back, when Richardson drew a two-out walk and motored all the way to third base when pinch hitter Corban Joseph chopped a single just behind the pitchers mound. Jose Pirela followed with his third hit of the night, a laser into right field that scored Richardson and pulled the RailRiders within a run.


But Gwinnett reliever Pedro Beato finished the game by getting a called third strike on Rob Refsnyder to end and eight-pitch battle that left RailRiders runners on first and second.


Gwinnett was the first to get some good fortune.


Constanza scored in the first inning on a hit-and-run single off the bat of Pastornicky that bounded through a spot vacated by RailRiders third baseman Rob Segedin - who was trying to cover third as Constanza took off from second. And Pastornicky later came home on Terdoslavich’s RBI single.


The G-Braves caught another break in the fourth, when Bethancourt sent a double just off the outstretched glove of center fielder Richardson, then came home on an RBI single by Brandon Boggs.


The RailRiders came back with two runs in the first inning, tying the game on Refsnyder’s run-scoring single and John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice fly.


But in the end, the RailRiders fell just one more break and one run shy.


Gwinnett 6, Railriders 5


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


Jose Constanza lf`4`2`1`0`0`0`0


Tyler Pastornicky 2b`5`2`4`1`0`0`3


Todd Cunningham cf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Joey Terdoslavich 1b`5`0`2`0`0`0`2


Christian Bethancourt c`4`1`1`1`0`0`0


Brandon Boggs rf`3`0`1`0`0`0`1


Elmer Reyes ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Edward Salcedo dh`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Sean Kazmar 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`34`6`11`2`0`0`6


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


Jose Pirela 2b`5`1`3`0`1`0`1


Robert Refsnyder rf`4`1`2`0`0`0`1


Adonis Garcia lf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Kyle Roller 1b`4`0`2`0`0`0`0


Austin Romine dh`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


John Ryan Murphy c`3`0`0`0`0`0`1


Rob Segedin 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Antoan Richardson cf`3`2`1`0`0`0`0


Carmen Angelini ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Corban Joseph ph`1`0`1`0`0`0`0


Taylor Dugas pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`34`5`11`0`1`0`3


Gwinnett`200`100`003`—`6


RailRiders`200`000`201`—`5


Gwinnett`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Kanekoa Texeira`6.0`4`2`2`2`1


Carlos Fisher (BS, 1)`1.0`2`2`1`0`2


Zach Stewart (W, 5-3)`1.0`3`0`0`0`0


Pedro Beato (S, 4)`1.0`2`1`1`1`2


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Nik Turley`5.1`6`3`3`2`2


Pat Venditte`2.1`1`0`0`1`0


Diego Moreno (BS, 2)(L, 2-3)`1.1`4`3`3`0`1


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