The Aviators fell to the Evansville Otters for the second consecutive night at Aviators Stadium Wednesday, going down by a final of 4-3.
A late home run delivered the game to the visiting Otters, who sent the Aviators to their fifth straight loss.
The Aviators got out to an early lead on an RBI base hit by Devon Rodriguez, his 35th of the season, that brought in Michael Hur.
Rockford starter Tony Rizzotti allowed three runs over the first three innings while striking out a season-high eight,
Rizzoti settled down after the third allowing no runs and two hits from the fourth to the seventh and received a no-decision.
After trailing 3-1 the Aviators tied the game in the sixth on a leadoff home run by Dusty Robinson and a sacrifice fly by Elijah Trail.
The blast was the fourth of the season for Robinson, who now has four extra base hits in the series.
The game remained tied until the ninth, when Kurt Wertz, Jr. took Matt Frahm for a solo home run to left to make it 4-3.
It was the second home run of the game for Wertz and just the second that Frahm has surrendered all season.
The two teams meet again tonight for the series finale at Aviators Stadium.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. with Kyle Hassna expected to start for the Aviators.
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