The Akron Aeros scored just one run on three hits as they lost the opener of a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox 9-1 Monday at Prince George's Stadium.
With the loss, the Aeros (65-63) have fallen five and a half games back of Bowie for the Eastern League Western Division Wild Card spot and six games behind first place Harrisburg with 14 games left to play.
Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland suffered the loss for Akron pitching 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four.
Right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake recorded the win for Bowie lasting five innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, walking three and striking out two.
The Baysox (70-57) jumped in front in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Brandon Waring doubled and advanced to third on a ground out. Following a Pedro Florimon walk, Ronnie Welty rapped a two-RBI double to center field giving Bowie a 2-0 lead.
The Aeros lone run came in the top of the fourth inning when John Drennen scored on a Raul Padron ground out to cut the Bowie lead in half at 2-1. The run was unearned.
The Baysox answered with back-to-back two out RBI singles from Florimon and Welty in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Bowie scored four more times in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth as they went on to the win.
The Aeros and Baysox will continue their three-game series on Tuesday. Akron will give the ball to right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, who is 9-10 with a 3.99 ERA in 2011. He will face fellow right-hander Bobby Bundy, who is 1-2 with a 9.90 ERA this season.