SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies battled back after falling behind 7-0 in the first inning Saturday night, but they couldn't come all the way back in an 8-7 loss to the Florence Freedom at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Florence (11-14) scored seven runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batsman in the first.
Trevor Lubking (0-1) took the loss in an inning of work for the Grizzlies (11-15).
Artemis Kadkhodaian scored on a Matt Gonzalez RBI groundout to get Gateway on the board in the first. Kadkhodaian started the game with a single — Saturday marked the fourth straight game in which he has reached base to open the Grizzlies' first inning.
Gateway scored again in the fourth inning on a Justin Ellison solo homer — his second home run in as many home games with the Grizzlies — and racked up five runs in the fifth, when Gonzalez, Ellison, Cody Livesay and Trae Santos all supplied RBIs.
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Josh Glick worked two perfect innings of relief out of the Grizzlies' bullpen to drop his season ERA to 0.59 in 15 1/3 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts.
Livesay had three hits; Kadkhodaian and Terry McClure added two apiece.
Gateway and Florence will play game three of their four-game set Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
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