The momentum the Aberdeen IronBirds carried into Vermont Friday night was put on hold as the Lake Monsters dealt the 'Birds an 5-2 loss in New York-Penn League play.
The loss proved extra costly for Aberdeen (35-28) as both Staten Island and Hudson Valley were both in the win column.
Staten Island leads the IronBirds by 5.5 games in the McNamara Division standings, while Hudson Valley, which won its 14th straight game Friday, has a 2.5 game cushion over the 'Birds in the Wild Card race.
In Aberdeen's loss the IronBirds jumped ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning. Kirvin Moesquit and Ben Breazeale hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning, putting runners at the corners.
With one out and Trevor Craport batting, a wild pitch allowed Breazeale to take second. Craport then delivered a sacrifice fly to score Moesquit.