The Gateway Grizzlies (18-41) allowed four runs to lose a rain-shortened game 4-3 to the Schaumburg Boomers (38-19).
Schaumburg shortstop Josh Gardiner launched a three-run homer to tie the game in bottom of the fifth inning before former the Grizzlies’ Ryan O’Malley worked a walk to give the Boomers what wound up being the game-winning run.
The teams were pulled off the field prior to the bottom of the sixth inning, and the game was called shortly thereafter.
Gateway scored in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Joel McKeithan, his 13th RBI in 17 games this year. Dan Holst came in to score.
Ramon Osuna drove his first home run as a Grizzlie out to left field in the fifth inning — a two-out, two-run, opposite field blast that also scored Blake Brown. Osuna finished 2 for 3. Brown went 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. Matt Hearn went 1 for 3 with a second-inning single, extending his hitting streak to 20 games.
Will Landsheft (3-7) took the loss for Gateway. All four runs were earned over his five innings. He struck out four and allowed six hits.
Gateway continues against Schaumburg in the second game of a three-game series at 6 p.m. Saturday.