The Bowling Green Hot Rods were unable to hold a late lead Saturday and lost 6-3 at Dayton, Ohio.
The Dragons scored four times in the bottom of the eighth off Bowling Green reliever Jose Molina, snapping a three-game win streak for the Hot Rods.
Bowling Green (11-4) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tyler Goeddel tripled and came home on a wild pitch. The Hot Rods added to the lead when Joey Rickard tripled home a run in the fifth, but Dayton (5-10) scored twice in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 2-2.
It remained tied until the top of the eighth, when Andrew Toles hit his first home run as a Hot Rod, a solo shot to right field to give BG a 3-2 advantage.
The Dragons came right back in the bottom of the inning.
Seth Mejias-Brean tied the score with a one-out RBI double. Jesse Winker followed with an RBI single that gave the Dragons the lead. Dayton added two more runs in the inning, including an RBI single by Joe Hudson.
Dragons reliever Sean Lucas retired BG in order in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Molina took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season.
Sean Bierman went the first five innings, allowing two runs – one earned – and one hit with six strikeouts and a walk.
Rickard paced the offense with two hits.
The Hot Rods will wrap up the three-game series in Dayton – part of a five-game road trip – at 1 p.m. today.
Right-hander Taylor Guerrieri (0-0, 0.00) will make the start for Bowling Green against Dayton lefty Wandy Peralta (0-1, 8.10).