They lost for the fifth time in their last seven games Saturday night, falling to the Greenville Drive, 8-3, at State Mutual Stadium.
Rome starter Robinson Lopez pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits. But the Rome bullpen didn’t follow suit, as two relievers combined to allow six runs, enabling the Drive to break open a 2-2 game.
Jeff Lorick, who took the loss, battled control issues. He didn’t allow a hit, but issued four walks and was charged with two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Andrew Wilson then allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in 1 1-3 innings.
The Braves wore floral uniforms to celebrate the annual Parrot-head Paradise Night at the Stadium, which features Jimmy Buffett music between innings.
The jerseys were auctioned off after the game.
The Rome offense finished with 10 hits, including a two-hit, two-RBI performance from Chris Curley.
Jordan Kreke also had a pair of hits, and Robert Hefflinger drove in a run to continue his season-long productiveness at SMS.
Cory Harrilchak, Christian Bethancourt and Jace Whitmer each added one hit and scored one run apiece.
Braeden Schlehuber and Chris Lovett also had one hit apiece, with Lovett producing the Braves’ only extra-base hit with a double.
The loss completed a quick homestand for the Braves, who lost two of three against the Drive.
They have an off day today before opening a three-game series in Savannah on Monday then return home on Thursday to host Charleston.