The Bowie Baysox yielded nine walks and their three errors led to four unearned runs yesterday in an 8-4 loss to the Erie SeaWolves in a Class AA Eastern League game before 5,573 at Prince George's Stadium.

The loss was the third consecutively to Erie (61-47) and dropped second-place Bowie (56-51) to 4 1/2 games behind the Southern Division-leading SeaWolves. Still, Baysox Manager Joe Ferguson seemed far from disappointed in his team after the game.

"These guys are here to develop their talents," Ferguson said. "And everyone on this team is doing that. We want to win as much as anybody, but at this level, if we were trying to win games at all costs we would be sacrificing the players' development."

Erie third baseman Shawn Wooten hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning that broke a 3-3 tie. Seth Etherton (9-9) pitched a complete game for Erie, yielding six hits, striking out three and walking none.

John Parrish (0-2) took the loss for Bowie, striking out two and yielding three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

AVALANCHE 4, KEYS 2: Host Salem completed a three-game, Class A Carolina League sweep of Frederick. Avalanche starter Josh Kalinowski struck out 10 to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 133. The Keys (17-20) managed just three hits.

HILLCATS 4-8, CANNONS 1-7: Lynchburg scored three in the ninth inning to complete the doubleheader sweep of visiting Potomac.