After sweeping Augusta on the road in a quick two-game series, the Rome Braves traveled a little further south to take on the Savannah Sand Gnats and fell 4-2.
Rome first baseman Gerry Rodriguez tried to start a last-minute rally with a solo home run to begin the ninth inning but the Braves went 1-2-3 to end the game.
Paul Clemens took the loss on the mound as he falls to 0-2 on the season. The right-hander threw four innings and allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out two.
Savannah struck first with a three-run bottom of the third that set them up for the win.
Rome (7-6) got on the board in the fourth as Rodriguez scored on a fielder’s choice by Craig Maddox that turned into a double play.
Savannah added one more in the bottom of the inning and the score remained 4-1 until Rodriguez’s bomb in the ninth.
The loss breaks the Braves’ three-game winning streak. They play the second game of their series in Savannah tonight and end their road trip on Friday.
They return home on Saturday night to host a three-game homestand with Augusta.