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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders left Kentucky with a series victory.

Just not with the series sweep.

Billy Hamilton was 2-for-5, while first baseman Mike Hessman added a pair of singles as Louisville salvaged the final contest of a four-game set, 5-3, Monday night.

The loss dropped the RailRiders back below the .500 mark (54-55) as the team starts another four-game series tonight in Indianapolis against the Indians.

The setback also snapped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s five-game winning streak.

Louisville jumped out to an early lead in the third, plating runs on Ryan Ludwick’s grounder to second and Felix Perez’s single to left-center.

The Bats added more in the fourth as a sacrifice fly by Nevin Ashley and a Hamilton RBI rope to right built the Louisville lead to 4-0.

The RailRiders added a run in the fifth, and tried to string together some late-game magic.

Singles by Brendan Harris and Dan Johnson put runners on for Randy Ruiz, who came through with a base hit to score Harris, cutting the Bats’ lead to just 4-2 in the top of the eighth.

After Louisville increased the advantage to 5-2 in the bottom of the frame, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tried one-last effort. Adonis Garcia drilled his second home run of the season, trimming the lead back to two. But Jose Diaz managed to close out his seventh save of the season.

While the RailRiders had 10 hits in the contest, the club also left nine runners stranded on base. Garcia had two hits for SWB, while Ruiz was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Chris Bootcheck was handed his fourth loss of the season, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings of work.

The RailRiders play four games in Indianapolis before returning home Saturday night to host Lehigh Valley. Brett Marshall will jog to the hill to open the four-game series.

Louisville 5, Scranton-Wilkes Barre 3

Scranton/WB; ; ; ; ;Louisville;
Garcia cf;5;1;2;1;Hamilton cf;5;1;2;1
Harris ss;5;1;2;0;Rodriguez 2b;4;1;0;0
Adams 3b;4;0;0;0;Ludwick lf;3;0;1;1
Johnson 1b;3;0;1;0;Phipps rf;1;0;0;0
Ruiz dh;4;0;3;1;Perez dh;4;0;1;1
Murphy c;4;0;1;0;Soto 3b;4;0;1;0
Neal rf;4;1;1;0;Hessman 1b;4;1;2;0
Pattson lf;4;0;0;0;Fhauer rf-lf;3;0;1;0
Gonzalez 2b;4;0;0;0;Ashley c;2;0;0;1
;;;;;Negron ss;3;1;1;1


E—Soto 2 (14), Harris (1), Adams (4) . DP—Scranton/WB 1, Louisville 2. LOB—Scranton/WB 8, Louisville 9. 2B—Harris (2), Garcia (5), Ruiz 2 (8), Hamilton (15), Hessman (22), Ludwick (1), Soto (18) . HR—Garcia (2).

Bootcheck L 9-4;6;6;4;4;2;4
Rogers W 3-2;5-1;6;1;0;1;4
Diaz S 7,1-1;2;1;1;0;1;1

Duke pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Umpires—Home, Jon Saphire; First, A.J. Johnson; Third, Chad Whitson.

T—3:10. A—8,207.

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