NILES, Ohio - There is little doubt that Thursday night's New York-Penn League loss to Mahoning Valley was the toughest this season for the Jamestown Jammers.
Jamestown was holding on to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning when Mahoning Valley broke through with three runs and a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Eastland Field.
Nellie Rodriguez supplied the power by hitting a two-run home run off Jeff Topa with one out in the ninth to break a six-game losing streak and end the Jammers' four-game win streak.
With the loss, the Jammers (37-24) fell out of first place in the Pinckney Division because State College recorded its seventh walk-off win of the season, 4-3, over Williamsport in 11 innings. The Spikes' record moved to 38-23 for a one-game lead.
Buddy Borden got his first start for the Jammers and pitched three scoreless innings followed by Isaac Sanchez for three more scoreless innings, Roberto Espinosa for one scoreless inning and Topa hurled a scoreless eighth when he fanned the side.
But everything turned for Topa in the ninth as Joel Mejia drew the first walk from Jammers' pitching. Claudio Bautista fanned and then Topa committed a balk moving Mejia to second base. James Roberts singled in Mejia to cut the deficit to 2-1 and that brought up Rodriguez. He hammered his eighth home run of the season over the left-field fence and handed Jamestown a crushing defeat, which snapped a five-game losing skein to the Jammers.
Until the ninth inning, Jamestown had given up just a double to Juan Romero in the third inning and singles to Rodriguez in the fourth inning and Mejia in the sixth inning.
The Jammers opened the scoring with a run in the first inning.
Candon Myles walked off Dace Kime and stole second and went all the way to third on a throwing error by catcher Marvin Cervenka. Adam Frazier singled him in and the Jammers were on the scoreboard leading 1-0.
The other Jamestown run came from the bat of Harold Ramirez, who cracked his fourth home run of the season off Matt Whitehouse in the seventh.
Jin-De Jhang followed with a triple, but was stranded by Whitehouse when Wyatt Mathisen grounded out.
Despite the setback, Jamestown took the series from Mahoning Valley and hopes to rebound against Williamsport tonight at Bowman Field.