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TRENTON, N.J. — The Harrisburg Senators dropped the series opener to the Trenton Thunder 3-1 Thursday night at ARM & HAMMER Park. Senators starter Brady Dragmire struck out a season-high seven in the loss.

Trenton opened the scoring with a run in the first against Dragmire. Rashad Crawford led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Two batters later, Chris Gittens singled in Crawford to put the Thunder ahead 1-0.

The Senators scored their only run of the game in the fourth, facing Trenton starter Jonathan Loaisiga. With Taylor Gushue at second after a one out double, Kelvin Gutierrez hit his first triple of the season to knot the game 1-1.

Loasiga allowed the one run on six hits in his five innings.

Trenton retook the lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by Bruce Caldwell to go up 3-1.

That would be the final score as the Senators had just one base runner over the final four innings.

Dragmire (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out a season-high seven and walking none across seven innings.

Stephen Tarpley (3-0) tossed three hitless innings of relief to earn the win. Andrew Schwaab pitched a perfect ninth to notch his first save.

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