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Ducks lose their eighth straight

Ducks Brendan Harris gets hit by a pitch

Ducks Brendan Harris gets hit by a pitch in a game against York, Sunday July 20, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

The Ducks were looking to snap their seven-game losing streak, but when the York Revolution's Eric Patterson hit a two-run homer off Jared Lansford in the top of the first inning, it wasn't a good sign.

And when Salvador Paniagua ripped an RBI double into the rightfield corner off Jeremy Accardo in the eighth, it gave the Revolution the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 win Sunday night at Bethpage Ballpark. That extended the Ducks' losing streak to eight.

"As a whole, I don't think we're pressing," said Joash Brodin, who had three hits. "The ball is not bouncing our way right now. The first half we had a ton of one-run, two-run games that we'd come back and win. It's just not happening right now. I don't think it's anything to worry about."

The Ducks (2-8) are 31/2 games behind first-place Somerset (6-5) and Bridgeport (6-5) in the second-half standings and are 42-37 overall.

After a 42-pitch, 19-minute first inning for Lansford, the righthander settled in to give the Ducks a chance. In tossing 108 pitches in six innings, he allowed five hits and two earned runs, striking out four and walking two.

"It was a little apparent there in that first inning that I was a little amped up, but I took the time to settle down and realize that not every game is a must-win right now, but obviously we want to win every game,'' Lansford said. "I tried to keep us in the game and that's all I can do."

Brodin and Jan Vazquez each delivered a two-out RBI single off York starter Scott Gorgen in the fourth to tie it at 2.

Adam Bailey got the rally started with a one-out double and Brendan Harris was hit by a pitch. Bailey, who has hit safely in 10 consecutive games, scored on Brodin's single to center before Vazquez's single tied it.

Harris was on base three times and has reached safely in 13 straight games.

Fehlandt Lentini finished with two hits and two stolen bases. He has hit safely in 40 of his last 41 games, including the last 19, and leads the Atlantic League in steals at 33-for-33.

"I'm always trying to lead the league," said the rightfielder, who threw out Travis Garcia at the plate for the second out in the eighth to keep the score tied at 2-2. "I like stealing bases and putting my teammates in opportunities to score runs and help the team win."

The Ducks' Josh Lansford retired Chad Tracy on a flyout to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. Accardo took the loss.

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