[Game recap provided by Biscuit's Joe Davis.]
JACKSON, MS – The Biscuits collected five runs on seven hits in the fourth inning, then held off a late Mississippi charge to top the M-Braves 6-3 Friday at Trustmark Park.
In taking four of five from the Braves, the Biscuits now sit a season-best seven games over .500 entering the biggest series of the season against the Jacksonville Suns, whom they trail by 2.5 in the South Division with 15 games remaining.
Braves starter Jacob Thompson (2-4) was perfect through three innings. The first five in the Biscuits order all then tagged singles to begin the fourth, with Nevin Ashley, Chris Nowak, and Rashad Eldridge all knocking RBI hits. John Matulia finished the scoring in the frame with a two-out, two-RBI single to make it 5-1.
The Biscuits added one more in the seventh on a Nowak single.
The Braves cut it to 6-3 with four two-out hits against Heath Rollins in the eighth inning, but with Cody Johnson at the plate representing the tying run with runners at the corners, Darin Downs came on an fanned Johnson to end the inning. Johnson finished the night 0-4 with four strikeouts.
Matt Gorgen (11) worked a one-two-three ninth to grab his second save in as many nights.
Drew Anderson went 2-4 and scored twice, extending his hit-streak to a team-best 15 games. Nowak and Emeel Salem recorded two hits apiece as well.
Alex Cobb (1-1) got the win, allowing one run on four hits in five innings of work, striking out six.
LHP Alex Torres will oppose RHP Elih Villanueva in the series opener between the Biscuits and Suns Saturday at 7:05.