Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Lefthander Robert Carson allowed 12 hits over 5 1/3 innings and took his team-leading ninth loss in Binghamton’s 5-3 setback to Harrisburg Saturday night at Metro Bank Park.
The Senators outhit the B-Mets 15-5 in the contest led by three hits from leadoff man Chris Rahl, who homered in the sixth to provide the winning margin.
Harrisburg jumped on Carson with three runs out of the gate.
Rahl led off with a clean single and was joined on base by Leonard Davis who also singled.
After Derek Norris flied out, Tyler Moore tattooed a two-run double to the gap in left-center.
Bryce Harper added to the lead with a double to center, making it 3-0 in a flash.
Carson settled in from there, but was pitted up against Tanner Roark, who cruised through the first five innings with just one hit allowed.
Binghamton finally got to the Senators starter in the sixth.
Reese Havens reached on a fielder’s choice after Matt den Dekker walked.
Jordany Valdespin and Brahiam Maldonado followed and loaded the bases on a single and a walk, respectively. Allan Dykstra made it count with a seeing-eye single to center which plate two to draw the B-Mets within a run.
Harrisburg, however, answered in the bottom of the inning and knocked Carson out.
Roark helped his own cause with a single to center and then Rahl followed with his second homer of the season onto the boardwalk in left field.
Roark allowed a leadoff triple to Kai Gronauer in the sixth.
Mike Fisher drove him home with a groundout to short, but the B-Mets would not score again.
Roark departed to the win after 6 1/3 innings.
He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out three.
Rafael Martin sealed the deal for the Senators with two, scoreless innings to pick up his sixth save in as many chances.
Gronauer led the way with a 3-for-4 game, his highest hit total of the season.