The Racers’ hopes to move up from fourth place in the National Pro Fastpitch standings starts with this weekend’s series against the third-place Carolina Diamonds.

At least that was script the frustrated Racers wanted to follow.

After Thursday’s opening game was rained out, the Diamonds put a damper in those plans with a 6-4 win Friday night at Firestone Stadium.

With the loss, the Racers (11-18) fall 2½ games behind the Diamonds (13-15) and will need to sweep the remaining three games to jump into third place.

As has been the same story all season, it was the long ball by the opposition and a lack of offense that did in the Racers.

Amanda Kamekona of the Diamonds hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh off reliever Kristina Thorson to extend their lead to 6-2.

The Racers tried to come back in the bottom of the seventh when Brianna Hesson hit a two-run shot to left field with one out.

Jami Lopries of the Diamonds started the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead and later had two big catches, one depriving Kaylyn Castillo of two-run home run.

After Hesson walked in the second inning, Nicole Trimboli hit a two-out, two-run home run that went well beyond the right-field fence, putting the Racers ahead 2-1.

The Diamonds went ahead for good in the top of the third inning on a two-out, three-run home run by Kelsi Wesemen to left field to make it 4-2. The homer came after back-to-back walks to Rachel Folden and Bianca Mejia.

Racers starter and loser Hillary Bach (4-5) righted herself after the shaky third inning and a 30-minute rain delay. She allowed nine hits and five runs, that final one on Kamekona’s homer.

Bach worked herself out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth after giving up three consecutive singles by getting Weseman to fly out to left field.

The teams continue the series with a doubleheader at 5:05 today at Firestone Stadium that includes the makeup game from Thursday.

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