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The Washington Wild Things had a tough time finding offense Thursday night and lost to the Rockford Riverhawks, 4-1, at Riverhawks Stadium in Rockford, Ill.

Rockford relied on a strong pitching performance from Derek Roper (5-5) to avoid the sweep. He allowed one run on five hits over 81/3 innings.

After scoring only four runs in their previous five games, Rockford put up two runs in the first inning.

Pat Peavey, the Frontier League’s RBI leader, hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning to cut Rockford’s lead to one. It was his ninth home run of the season.

Nick Johnson’s RBI double in the third inning gave Rockford a 3-1 lead, and the Riverhawks tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Chris Sidick notched his 14th triple of the season in the sixth inning.

Brent Gabel (2-2) allowed three runs over five innings.

Yesterday’s loss snapped Washington’s two-game winning streak. Since July 17, the Wild Things are 19-5. They are 6-3 in August.

Washington (42-29) now trails first-place Chillicothe by three games in the East Division of the Frontier League.

The Wild Things return to Falconi Field for a doubleheader with Chillicothe tonight. The first game begins at 6:05 p.m.

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