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Aberdeen was back in the loss column Friday night, falling 2-1 to visiting Tri-City.
Aberdeen was back in the loss column Friday night, falling 2-1 to visiting Tri-City. (Aegis file)

The Aberdeen IronBirds dropped their second sttaight game Friday night, nipped by the Tri-City ValleyCats, 2-1, at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.

The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie into the seventh inning, when Tri-City plated the winning run.

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The 'Birds (9-7) and ValleyCats (7-10) will also play Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 5:35 p.m. Monday is an New York-Penn League wide off day.

The ValleyCats went ahead in the third on a Luis Payano leadoff home run. It was Payano's first long ball of the year.

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Aberdeen, which out-hit Tri-City, 9-6, scored its lone run in the fourth on three straight two-out singles.

Garrett Copeland hit the first single, followed by Mason McCoy. T.J. Nichting then drove in Copeland with the tie run.

The ValleyCats added the winning run off Aberdeen reliever Josh Keaton (0-1), who was in his second inning of work.

Kyle Davis opened the inning with a double off Keaton, who then wild pitched Davis to third. Connor MacDonald singled a short time later, driving Davis home with the big run.

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Ben Breazeale, who went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .526, hit a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh, but he was forced out to end the inning.

Ryan Ripken added a leadoff single in his only plate appearance in the eighth, but he too, was forced out on an inning-ending double play.

The 'Birds then went down in order in the ninth. Jean Carrillo (2-4) was the only other IronBirds batter with multiple hits.

Nick Gruener pitched the first five innings for Aberdeen, allowing three hits, three walks and one run. He struck out five.

Jimmy Murphy added two scoreless innings of work, allowing one hit, while striking out three.

Roster move

The IronBirds added pitcher Mike Baumann (third round, Jacksonville Univ.) who was transferred from Gulf Coast League Orioles.

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