MARION -- The series started with a dramatic walkoff victory but ended with two losses as the River City Rascals took two of three games against the Southern Illinois Miners in their weekend series at Rent One Park.
After Friday's game was postponed and turned into a Saturday doubleheader, rains delayed that twinbill by nearly two hours but it was eventually played.
And the first of the two seven-inning games ended in the bottom of the seventh with John Holland blooping a bases-loaded hit to give the Miners a 4-3 victory.
The Rascals took on Williams Perez in the second game as he became the first former major league player to suit up for the Miners and while Perez was impressive it was River City leaving with a 4-2 victory.
The rubber match Saturday saw the Rascals jump out to an 8-1 lead and hold on for a 9-5 victory to win series.
River City's three runs in the first game came with a two-out rally in the second inning against Miners starter Geno Encina, who pitched six frames and struck out five.
Luis Jean blasted a homer in the fifth to put the Miners on the board, then Chance Shepard crushed a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game.
Then in the seventh, Jean and Marc DiLeo both hit singles -- DiLeo was given extra life after a foul pop was dropped -- then after Corey Dempster was given an intentional walk, Holland blooped the first pitch he saw into the outfield for the walkoff win.
The second game started just before 10 p.m. and featured Perez on the mound. Perez, who saw time with the Atlanta Braves, gave up a single to his first batter but got a popup and grounder and strikeout to end the inning, then fanned the side in order in the second with the radar gun showing 92 mph on nearly every pitch.
And the Miners seemed to be in control when Joe Dudek doubled to bring in Nolan Earley and Conor Sullivan plated Dudek for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
But an infield hit and a sacrifice fly produced two runs for the Rascals in the third and took the lead later with a double steal. Zach Lavy added an inside-the-park homer.
Perez finished with seven strikeouts in five innings.
In Sunday's game, the Rascals scored four runs in the fourth with the help of two errors, then after the Miners got a run, the Rascals put up four more in the fifth for an 8-1 lead.
Holland singled in a run and Dudek hit a three-run homer to help the Miners get back in it, but wouldn't get closer than 8-5.
The Miners (4-5) had Monday off and traveled Tuesday to begin a series in Washington, Pennsylvania, against the Wild Things with a doubleheader on Wednesday.