EVERETT — Home has not been very sweet for the Everett AquaSox this season.
Everett dropped its ninth straight game at home after a 3-2 defeat to the Tri-City Dust Devils on Saturday night.
The Sox (5-18) are now 1-9 at Everett Memorial Stadium, with their only win coming in the season opener on June 13.
Overall, Everett has dropped five straight and 10 of 11 games.
Tri-City first baseman Roberto Ramos was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Ramos hit a solo home run off Sox starter Ryan Yarbrough to open the scoring in the second inning and doubled in a run in the seventh to tie the score at 2-2. Michael Bumpers followed with an RBI triple to score Ramos with the go-ahead run. Both runs were charged to Everett reliever Ramire Cleto (1-2), who pitched five innings in relief in a scheduled piggyback start of Yarbrough. Yarbrough struck out seven in his three innings of work.
Everett’s Kyle Petty doubled twice and Austin Cousino reached safely three times and stole two bases. Cousino also had an RBI groundout to drive in Jordan Cowan to put the Sox on the scoreboard in the third.
Everett tacked on another run in the fourth when Sheehan Planas-Arteaga led off with a double and scored two outs later on Taylor Smart’s single.
However, Smart’s single was Everett’s only hit with runners in scoring position (RISP). The Sox finished 1-for-14 in RISP situations and stranded 11 runners overall. Everett had a runner on third with one out in the fifth and sixth but failed to extend the lead.
After the Dust Devils took the lead in the top of the seventh, Everett had another golden opportunity to generate runs in the bottom of the frame.
Cousino led off with a walk and Adam Martin followed with a single to left field. Corey Simpson’s groundout advanced both runners, but Planas-Arteaga couldn’t get the ball past a drawn-in infield, grounding out to second, and Wilton Martinez also grounded out to end the potential rally.
Dylan Thompson (2-1) pitched 21/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for Tri-City (10-13). Dust Devils starter Blake Shouse lasted five innings, allowing five hits and two runs.