[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
Jason Bowers delivered two RBI triples and Chris Mason earned his first win in a starting role as the Biscuits defeated the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Pringles Park.
The Biscuits got on the board first against Jaxx starter Steve Bray with a run in the second inning. With one out, Joe Gaetti singled on the infield to third base. A batter later, Bowers ripped a triple off the wall in left-center field to score Gaetti and give the Biscuits a 1-0 lead.
West Tenn responded with a run in the third inning. Mason allowed a single to David Espinosa with one out. Espinosa moved to second on a ground out and scored when Gavin Dickey singled to tie the game, 1-1.
The Biscuits pulled back ahead with two runs -- one earned -- in the fifth inning. Pedro Powell singled off Bray with one out and stole second on the next pitch. He scored to put the Biscuits back in front when Desmond Jennings roped a double to right-center field. Jennings scored a batter later when Fernando Cortez's ground ball was misplayed by shortstop Oswaldo Navarro and the Biscuits led, 3-1.
Three consecutive two-out singles pulled the Jaxx back within a run in the bottom of the inning, as Mason conceded a second RBI single to Dickey, again scoring Espinoza.
Mason (3-3) retired after the fifth inning, holding a 3-2 lead. He allowed just two earned runs on six hits as he won for the third time on the season.
Bray also left after the fifth and took the loss for the Jaxx. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits. He struck out a season-high seven despite the defeat.
Bowers got the Biscuits the run back off reliever Steven Shell in the sixth. Bowers became the first Biscuit to triple twice in a ballgame as his liner over the first base-bag scored Nevin Ashley, who had walked in front of him.
Mike Wlodarczyk worked two scoreless innings of relief in the sixth and seventh, before Paul Phillips worked a perfect eighth.
Montgomery added an insurance run in the ninth when Jennings singled in Bowers, who had reached on a walk. The Biscuits turned it over to Eddie Morlan in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-2 lead. Marshall Hubbard cracked a solo-home run to lead off the inning, but Morlan steadied himself and earned his fourth save, while striking out two.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Thursday night at Pringles Park. LHP Brandon Mann (4-3, 4.71) will make the start for the Biscuits against RHP Kyle Parker (3-3, 3.84) for West Tenn.