[Via email from the Montgomery Biscuits' broadcaster Jon Laaser.]
The Biscuits jumped out in front and coasted to a, 5-1, victory over the Mississippi Braves on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
The Biscuits broke out on top against Braves' starter Edgar Osuna in the second inning, as Cody Cipriano started the threat with a one-out single to center. Matt Fields walked behind him to put two aboard, and Cody Strait pulled a single through the hole on the left-side of the infield to plate Cipriano for a 1-0 lead. Jose Lobaton then blasted a three-run home run to left field, and the Biscuits led, 4-0.
Biscuits' starter Aneury Rodriguez continued a recent string of dominance by shutting out the Braves over the first five innings. Mississippi finally got on the board in the sixth as Matt Young led off with a solo-home run to right field, cutting the Biscuits lead to 4-1.
Osuna (3-3) was saddled with the loss for Mississippi as he departed after six innings. His four runs allowed all came in the second inning, as he conceded five hits. He walked one and struck out three to fall for the third time on the season.
Fields greeted reliever Kevin Gunderson rudely following Osuna's departure, as he opened the seventh inning with a solo-home run. The drive to left-center came on Gunderson's first pitch and restored the Biscuits lead back to four runs, 5-1.
Rodriguez (7-10) won a third consecutive decision over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just the lone run on Young's home run. He allowed six hits, walking one and striking out six. The 21-year old has allowed just one earned run over his last four starts, a stretch spanning 26 1/3 innings.
Paul Phillips came on to record the final out of the seventh for Rodriguez, then escaped a bases-load jam with nobody out in the eighth inning. Phillips recorded the first two outs of the ninth, but walked two in the inning. Matt Gorgen came on and earned a save, striking out Brandon Hicks to end the ballgame.
The series finale will be contested at 7:05 on Wednesday night at Trustmark Park. RHP Rayner Oliveros (3-1, 3.63) will make the start for Montgomery against RHP Ryne Reynoso (6-6, 3.21) for Mississippi.
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