WOODBRIDGE, VA. -- Carlos Franco hit a solo home run in the seventh, Joe Odom hit a score- tying single in the eighth, but Carolina's comeback was eventually bested by Stephen Perez and his game-winning, walk-off double in the ninth in Potomac's 6-5 win at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday night in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest.
Carolina (37-38, 3-3) scored four runs over the final three innings to tie the game at 5-5 before Perez's game-winning blow in the ninth.
The loss was Carolina's ninth in 10 games at Pfitzner Stadium. The Mudcats also finished on the wrong side of a sweep for the second time this season in Woodbridge.
The Nationals (36-39, 3-2) led 5-1 going into the seventh before Franco ignited the comeback with his home run to center.
Franco was 1-for-4 with two runs and a RBI in the loss. Odom was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. His score-tying single came in the eighth and was hit off reliever Nick Lee. Odom's hit was a bases loaded, two-out liner to right-center and scored both Dustin Peterson and Franco.
Lee (BS, W, 1-1, 2.57) suffered a blown save and earned the win after finishing the eighth and pitching a scoreless ninth. He allowed a hit, walked one and struck out three over two innings pitched. Lee inherited two in the eighth and allowed both to score on Odom's single.
Andy Otero pitched the ninth for Carolina and took the loss. He walked one and struck out one before facing Perez with two outs in the final inning. Otero (L, 0-3, 2.23) allowed a run, one hit and one walk in the loss.
The Nationals scored first in the game and led 3-0 after two inning against Mudcats' starter Brandon Barker.
John Wooten drove in the first run by grounding into a force out in the first and both Estarlin Martinez and Narciso Mesa had RBI hits in the second.
Barker went five and 1/3 innings in the start and finished with five runs (four earned) allowed on nine hits. He also walked one and struck out four.
Richie Tate followed Barker out of the pen and allowed one inherited runner to score. Tate came in during the sixth and put the first batter he faced on with an intentional walk.
He then hit Martinez with a pitch to plate a run before getting Mesa to ground into an inning ending double play.
Tate finished his outing with two walks and a strikeout over two and 2/3 scoreless innings pitched.
The Nationals led 5-1 after the sixth and the Mudcats began their comeback after Potomac starter Nick Pivetta left the game.
Pivetta pitched through the sixth and finished his quality outing with a run allowed on two hits over six innings pitched. He also walked three and struck out four in the outing.
Justin Amlung started the seventh out of the pen and finished his outing with two walks, two hits and two runs allowed over 2/3 of an inning pitched.
Franco homered against Amlung and Keith Curcio helped knock him out of the game with a RBI double.
Brian Dupra finished the seventh and pitched part of the eighth before giving way to Lee for the Nationals.
Dupra allowed a hit and two unearned runs over 1/3 of an inning in the victory and earned a hold.
Tuesday's game was the 10th and final regular season game scheduled for the Mudcats in Potomac.
They finished 1-9 against the Nationals at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium and are 3-11 against Potomac overall this year.
The Mudcats were swept in the series and finished 0-3 over the short three-game road trip.