East Fife have now gone four games without a win after they were beaten by Stranraer.
Back in September East Fife won this fixture 6-2 but two Darren Gribben goals in the opening half an hour left them with a mountain to climb.
Gribben opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a close-range finish following Grant Gallagher's pass.
He added a second 20 minutes later in similar fashion, with Sean Winter the architect.
Paul Willis looked as if he had sparked a second-half fightback as he fired into the bottom corner from the right of the penalty area.
But just five minutes later Stranraer restored their two-goal lead as Gribben turned provider for Winter, who slotted past Calum Antell from close range.
Stranraer: Mitchell, Lloyd Kinnaird, McKeown, Dunlop, MacGregor (Campbell 69), Winter (Love 85), Gallagher, Aitken, Borris, Malcolm, Gribben (Moore 72).
Subs Not Used: Cadwell, One.
Goals: Gribben 9, 29, Winter 58.
East Fife: Antell, Durie, McCormack, White (Muir 68), Johnstone (Sloan 30), Robert Barr, Campbell, Willis, Keenan, Samuel (Jamieson 64), Paul McManus.
Subs Not Used: Michael Brown, McBride.
Booked: Paul McManus.
Goals: Willis 53.
Ref: Brian Colvin