The tough times continued for the York Revolution on Thursday night.
After falling behind early, the Revs nearly came all the way back, but lost another one-run game to the Somerset Patriots, 5-4, in front of 6,791 fans at TD Bank Ballpark. The Pats swept the three-game series in the final meeting between the two clubs. The Revs will return home looking to end a four-game losing streak when they host the Long Island Ducks in the first of a three-game weekend series on Friday night.
Somerset led 5-1 after three innings. York's only run to that point came when Kerry Kirkland tripled and scored on Ruddy Yan's groundout in the third.
After a rough beginning, Revs starter Zack Segovia settled in, and faced the minimum from that point through recording the first two outs in the seventh. Meanwhile, the Revs offense chipped away at the deficit.
The bottom of the order pieced together a rally in the fifth. Michael Hernandez led off with a double and Kirkland followed with a single to center, scoring Hernandez. Kirkland took second on an error. Charlie Neil then worked a walk, and Yan sacrificed both runners into scoring position with one out. Ofilio Castro followed with an RBI groundout to bring the Revs within 5-3. York scored an unearned run in the seventh to make it 5-4.
The Revs did not reach base the rest of the night.
Kirkland led the Revs, going 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored. The three-hit game was his sixth of the season, tying his season-high.
Segovia (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs in a season-best 62/3 innings. He did not allow a run after the third.
Julio DePaula retired all four batters faced in relief for the Revs.
The Revs have now lost the last four games by a combined five runs. Of their last 11 losses, seven have come by one run, and nine have occurred by two runs or fewer.
York's Chris Cody (12-8, 3.31) will face Long Island's John Brownell (9-8, 3.74) in Friday's opener against the Ducks, set for 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium.