York saw a pair of late leads slip away and the Revolution were denied a fifth consecutive win on Sunday, falling to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 6-5 in 14 innings at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The loss snapped York's four-game winning streak. The Revs' lead is now down to one game in the Atlantic League Freedom Division with 13 games to play in the first half. York has two more games on its road trip at Southern Maryland before returning home to start an eight-game homestand on Thursday night.
The Revs led the entire game until the Blue Crabs pulled off a pair of game-tying rallies in the eighth and ninth innings. It marked just the second time all season (31-2) that the Revs have lost when leading after seven innings.
York went ahead with two runs in the first on RBI singles by Wilson Valdez and Ofilio Castro. Southern Maryland cut into the lead with a run in its half of the first, but the Revs received an RBI single to right from Chad Tracy in the third inning, increasing the lead to 3-1. Sean Smith then lined a sac fly to left in the sixth inning, making it a 4-1 advantage.
Revs starter Alain Quijano allowed three hits in each of the first two innings, but faced the minimum over his final five innings of work and retired the last 11 batters he faced, holding the Blue Crabs to one run on eight singles over seven innings.
Southern Maryland quickly rallied off York's bullpen in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs, with all of them charged to Mark Hendrickson, who entered the game with a team-best 1.14 ERA in 24 appearances, having previously allowed just three earned runs all season.
The Revs responded in the top of the ninth when Eric Patterson stroked a two-out RBI single to center, giving the Revs the lead back at 5-4.
Southern Maryland however, tied it in the bottom of the ninth against York closer Rommie Lewis, handing Lewis just his second blown save all season.
The Crabs finally won it in the bottom of the 14th. Revs reliever Edward Paredes (1-3) was charged with the loss, giving up one run in 3.1 innings, his longest appearance since the 2009 season.
York's offense managed only an infield single in the five extra innings, after totaling 14 hits in the first nine innings. The Blue Crabs rapped 18 hits, the most allowed by the Revs this season. Of the 33 combined hits between the two clubs, all were singles.
Notes: The 14-inning game ties the longest in Revs history. The Revs fell to 0-5 all-time in 14-inning games. At 4 hours and 37 minutes, it marked the fifth-longest game (time) in franchise history. ... The Revs tied a season-high by turning four double plays. ... York right fielder Justin Greene picked up a pair of outfield assists giving him a team-best five for the season; it marked his second game recording two assists. ... York is now 3-5 against Southern Maryland, one of just two opponents against which they have a losing record. ... York's Logan Williamson (0-0, 6.14) will face Southern Maryland's Gaby Hernandez (1-3, 5.44) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m.