NEW BRITAIN, CT. -  The Somerset Patriots (1-2, 43-30) dropped the final game of their road trip 5-4 to the New Britain Bees (2-1, 28-43) Wednesday evening at New Britain Stadium.

New Britain took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on Jovan Rosa’s (9) three-run home run to left field. Somerset responded on a Kyle Roller sacrifice fly in the fourth to trim the difference to two before James Skelton drew a bases-loaded walk the next half-inning, extending the lead back out to three.

The Patriots later rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning. A Yovan Gonzalez RBI single, followed by sacrifice flies from Justin Pacchioli and Scott Kelly brought Somerset even with New Britain.

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The Bees won the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring error on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher.

Patriots’ starting pitcher Will Oliver tossed a season-high seven innings and tied a Patriots’ single-game high with nine strikeouts.

“I had my cutter and some of my off-speed stuff working well tonight,” said Oliver. “My goal tonight was to simplify my game, so i thought it worked out alright.”

Shawn Gilblair (1-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Kyler Newby (2-4) took the loss, yielding a run over one-third of an inning. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

The Patriots have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters Friday night. First pitch at TD Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season, which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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