SAUGET, Ill. — With the Gateway Grizzlies down to their final out in the ninth inning Thursday night, Trae Santos served an opposite-field line drive into left to score Cody Livesay and tie the game, 2-2, but the Grizzlies left the potential winning run on base twice in extra frames before losing to the Florence Freedom, 5-3, in 14 innings at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
Santos had a walk-off sacrifice fly Wednesday night to beat Florence, but the Grizzlies (34-48) found no further offense past a single run in the 11th inning Thursday.
Florence (41-40) scored twice in the top of the 14th inning to win.
Despite starting each half-inning with a runner at second base under the international tiebreaker rule, the Grizzlies went scoreless in the 12th, 13th and 14th frames.
Josh Glick (2-3) took the loss for the Grizzlies.
Mike Elwood threw 7 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs, but he did not factor in the decision. Elwood struck out six and walked two; both runs he allowed came in the first inning.
Gateway will not return home until Aug. 28. An eight-game road trip will start Friday with the opener of a three-game series against the Southern Illinois Miners at 7:05 p.m. in Marion.
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