ALLENTOWN - Luke Carlin hit a two-run home run, and Joe Martinez struck out 13 as the visiting Columbus Clippers downed the IronPigs, 6-2, putting Lehigh Valley on the brink of elimination.
After capturing the first game of the best-of-five series, the IronPigs have dropped two straight. They will host Game 4 on Friday.
Martinez, a righty, went seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits.
The IronPigs threatened in the eight as the go-ahead run reached base before Josh Barfield flied out to end the rally.