SUGAR LAND, Texas - The Somerset Patriots (18-12) failed to finish out a late lead for the second-straight night on Monday, dropping the series opener to the Sugar Land Skeeters (20-12) 7-6 at Constellation Field.

Sugar Land opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning on a Juan Silverio (4) two-run home run to left-center field. Anthony Giansanti (4) increased the Skeeters’ lead to 3-0 with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

Somerset began its comeback in the top of the fifth inning. A two-run triple from Craig Massey got the Patriots on the board before an Edwin Espinal sacrifice fly tied it up one batter later.

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The Patriots then took the lead in the next inning on a Ramon Flores RBI triple, Alfredo Rodriguez RBI single and a Gabriel Bracamonte sacrifice fly.

The Skeeters responded in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out, two-run rally to get within a run. Alberto Cordero’s RBI double to right-center field made it 6-4 before Jabari Henry pitched in with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Zach Zinicola worked around a leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth to keep Somerset in front 6-5, but the lead would not survive the night. Silver drew a leadoff walk to begin the ninth for Sugar Land before Zach Borenstein ended the game with an opposite-field, two-run, walk-off home run off Patriots’ closer Mike Antonini (1-1).

Matt Purke (2-0) got the win with a scoreless ninth. Antonini yielded two runs without recording an out to take the loss. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

Somerset and Sugar Land continue their seven-game series Tuesday night. Southpaw David Holberg (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots against Skeeters’ lefty Roy Merritt (2-1, 1.55 ERA). First pitch at Constellation Field is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET (7:05 p.m. CT).

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season will continue on the road until Tuesday, June 4th when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.