BRISGEWATER, NJ — The Somerset Patriots (16-26, 58-54) dropped fell 5-1 to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (22-20, 47-64) at TD Bank Ballpark Saturday night.

The Blue Crabs opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a three-run home run from Charlie Valerio (9) over the left-center field fence.

Somerset answered in the home half of the fifth with a Craig Massey RBI double to left field that plated Gabriel Bracamonte.

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Southern Maryland got the run back in the top of the seventh on Rubi Silva’s RBI double and added another in the eighth on a Valerio run-scoring fielder’s choice.

Blue Crabs’ relievers retired the final 12 Patriots bats in order to lock down the win.

Adam Choplick (W, 2-2) earned the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. David Holmberg (L, 1-5) pitched well but took the loss, yielding three runs over six innings with six strikeouts.

Southpaw Zack Dodson (0-1, 4.05 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots tomorrow night against Blue Crabs lefty Tommy Thorpe (2-5, 6.37 ERA).e

Sunday's  game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs features the annual Veterans of America Day. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit