[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Aneury Rodriguez shook off a rough beginning to fire seven strong innings and lead the Biscuits to a 3-2 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium.
For the fourth consecutive ballgame, the Lookouts struck first. Rodriguez walked Tommy Giles with one out and Eddy Perez moved him to second with a single. The runners moved up on a ground out, and J.D. Closser delivered the first run with a single.
Chattanooga tacked on a second run off of Rodriguez in the third inning. With one away, Giles singled to right field. Perez then drilled a double high off the wall in left and Giles came around to make it 2-0 Lookouts.
Scott Elbert held the Biscuits at bay through three innings, but with two out in the fourth Cesar Suarez singled. Joe Gaetti then sent his first home run of the season to right field and tied the ballgame, 2-2.
Montgomery grabbed the lead in the fifth when Elbert walked Pedro Powell with two outs. Drew Anderson followed with a triple rifled into the right-center field alley to score Powell and Montgomery led, 3-2.
Elbert (2-2) was lifted after five innings, striking out nine, but allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks. He was saddled with the loss for the Lookouts. Rodriguez (3-8) worked seven innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed two runs on six hits, but permitted just one base runner and none past second after the third inning and won for the third time.
Ryan Reid relieved Rodriguez and worked a scoreless eighth inning before turning it over to Mike Wlodarczyk in the ninth. Wlodarczyk breezed to a perfect inning of relief, securing the victory and his third save of the season.
The series finale is slated for 7:05 PM on Monday night at Riverwalk Stadium. RHP Brian Baker (3-0, 2.88) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Kendy Batista (1-0, 2.00) for Chattanooga.
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