Recovering from a nine-run deficit would have marked the largest come-from-behind rally for the Aeros this season.
But the host Aeros (22-24)could only get as close as recovering six runs in an eventual 11-6 loss to visiting Harrisburg (21-20) Tuesday at Canal Park.
In the second game of a four-game series against the Senators, Aeros starter and RHP Joe Gardner (3-3, 4.06 ERA) struggled to find his command from the get-go. He spotted the visitors a four-run first inning before going on to dish up all nine runs (six earned) in just 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
But after being shut out for the first four innings of the game, the Aeros offense caught a spark and scored three runs in the fifth inning. They followed that with another trio of scores in the sixth to pull within 9-6 heading into the seventh inning.
But the Sens bullpen shut out the host out over the final three frames while their offense posted two insurance runs in the final two innings to put the game away for good.
Harrisburg starter Erik Davis limited Akron to three runs (two earned), but earned a no decision due to pitching just 4 2/3 innings. That left reliever Matt Chico (1-1, 9.31 ERA) in line to pick up the win, despite giving up three runs in his 1 1/3-inning stint.
Left-hander Eric Berger took over for Gardner in the fith inning and held the Sens to just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of work. But Matt Langwell gave up three runs (two earned) in the final two innings as the Senators padded their lead.
While five Harrisburg batters recorded multiple hit performances, no Aeros batter had more than one hit on the night. However, LF Tim Fedroff's two-run double in the sixth inning extended his hitting streak to an Eastern-League best 18 games.
The teams meet again Wednesday night for the third game of the series beginning at 7:05 p.m. RHP Austin Adams is scheduled to pitch for Akron.