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Auburn Doubledays' Jacob Rhinesmith hits a double against Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Falcon Park.

For the second straight night, the Doubledays couldn't consistently hit off the Scrappers; pitching.

Auburn saw its division lead shrink to a 1/2 game following another defeat, 4-1, from Mahoning Valley Tuesday at Falcon Park. For the second straight night, the Doubledays were held to five hits.

Mahoning Valley opened the scoring off Auburn starter Niomar Gomez in the second inning on a RBI double from Angel Lopez followed by a one-run single off the bat of Michael Tinsley. The Scrappers added another score in the third to go ahead 3-0.

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Auburn's lone run came in the seventh when Jacob Rhinesmith singled in Israel Pineda, though Mahoning Valley's Tinsley added his second RBI in the ninth for the eventual 4-1 final.

Gomez, making his second start for the Doubledays, went five innings and allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned). Rhinesmith went 2-for-3 offensively while Pineda, Cody Wilson and Nic Perkins added one hit each.

The Doubledays (35-28) can maintain their division lead by salvaging the series finale against Mahoning Valley Wednesday.

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