The Jamestown Jammers (5-4) fell out of a first-place deadlock with State College (6-3) in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Pennsylvania League on Wednesday night.
While the Jammers were dropping a 4-3 decision to Batavia (4-5) at Diethrick Park, State College was taking care of host Mahoning Valley, 6-1.
Yefri Perez, Casey McCarthy and Beau Wright, all former Jamestown Jammers, played a major role in Batavia recording a win over the Jammers.
Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning for the game-winning hit that gave Wright his second victory and McCarthy pitched two innings to earn his first save.
Wright worked three innings of relief in which he gave up just a hit with three strikeouts while McCarthy got out of second-and-third jam with one out in eighth. Then, McCarthy retired the side in order in the ninth.
The Jammers broke on top, 1-0, in the first inning with an unearned run against starter Max Garner. Elvis Escobar was safe when left fielder Austin Dean dropped his fly ball for an error. Mike Fransoso laid down a bunt and Jin-De Jhang singled Escobar home.
The game was quickly tied at 1-1 in the second inning when Avery Romero of Batavia socked his first home run of the season off Jackson Lodge.
Back came the Jammers with two runs in the second for a 3-1 edge. Harold Ramirez singled and Yhonathan Barrios slammed his first homer of the season to give the hosts the lead.
Lodge gave up his second run in the fifth when Felix Castillo unloaded his first homer of the season as the Muckdogs moved within a run, 3-2.
Justin Topa took the mound for the Jammers in the seventh inning and got into trouble after retiring the first two batters.
J.T. Riddle drew a walk followed by a Castillo single. Then Perez hit a two-run triple to center field to give Batavia a 4-3 margin that it kept the rest of the way.
After Wright's fine effort on the mound, McCarthy was brought on in the eighth. McCarthy struck out Escobar, but the ball got past catcher Castillo, putting Escobar at first base.
Fransoso laid down his second successful sacrifice to move Escobar to second. McCarthy walked Jhang intentionally and then threw a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position.
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McCarthy got Danny Collins to bounce to third and Batavia retired Escobar at the plate. Jhang took third, but remained there as Harold Ramirez popped out to end the threat.
McCarthy put down the side in order in the ninth with the final out being a strikeout by pinch hitter Jesus Vasquez.
The three home runs brought the total to 13 in only four games at Diethrick Park.
Jamestown, which has lost two straight for the first time this season and three out of its last four, treks to Batavia at 7:05 p.m. today with hopes of evening the series at 1-1.