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Sox roughed up by Rattlers
SLO sweeps series with four runs in fifth
Beginning today, the Marysville Gold Sox will take a much-needed break.
Winning streaks were the norm for the Sox earlier this year, however, the defending Horizon Air Summer Series champions have to find a way to snap their current funk.
Marysville lost its third straight game with Sunday evening's 7-2 loss to the San Luis Obispo Rattlers at Appeal-Democrat Park.
The Rattlers swept the two-game series from the Gold Sox, who will be off until Thursday when they host Top Speed Baseball, followed by a three-game series with the Walnut Creek Crawdads.
Marysville (22-9) could only muster five hits against SLO left-hander Levi Shordon, who went eight innings with four strikeouts. At one point, Shordon retired 13 straight Gold Sox batters.
His counterpart, Marysville starter Corey Rhodes, suffered his first loss of the summer after he was knocked out in the fifth inning.
The Rattlers scored four runs in that frame and took a commanding 7-1 lead. SLO pounded out 12 hits overall.
Johnny Rubino tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and came in to score on Kyle Davis' RBI groundout. That cut the Rattlers' early lead to 2-1.
Marysville's only other run came in the bottom of the fifth when Tito Quiñones scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey Scott.
Marysville's longest losing streak was a five-game skid at the end of June.
The Gold Sox currently sit a half-game out of first in the McCullough Division of the HASS.
They trail the Humboldt Crabs and Seattle Studs in the standings. Marysville dropped a series to each of those teams.