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Josh Breaux hits a home run for the Patriots in its 7-6 win over Reading. Photo: Somerset Patriots.

Bridgewater, NJ – After trailing 5-0, the Somerset Patriots (23-11) came from behind to defeat the Reading Fightin Phils (16-19) by a final score of 7–6 before 7,178 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.  

Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth, Max Burt came home on a fielder’s choice that proved to be the go-ahead run.  

Reading quickly got on the board in the top of the first after Aldrem Corredor lined a single into right field to score Ali Castillo. Jack Conley then cleared the bases on a double into the left field corner that gave the Fightin Phils a 4-0 lead.  

Vito Friscia added to the lead in the top of the third on an RBI single to put the Phils up 5-0. 

Somerset cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the inning, as Rodolfo Duran crossed home on a ground out and was followed by a two-run home run by Josh Breaux (6) that plated Anthony Volpe 

Logan O’Hoppe (6) then hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth, giving Reading a 6-3 lead. It was his third homer of the series.

The Patriots got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on an Elijah Dunham RBI double and a Brandon Lockridge RBI single that made it 6-5.  

Burt tied the game the next inning as he golfed a solo shot (3) to right field.  

Emmanuel Ramirez (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and struck out one to earn the win. Carlos Espinal (1) recorded the save, notching the final three outs and fanning two batters.  

Ofreidy Gomez (1-1) took the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth.  

The 2022 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue at home on Thursday, May 19 with a 6:35 pm game against the Fightin Phils at TD Bank Ballpark.