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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- In the series opener of a 5-game road trip at AT&T Field, the Huntsville Stars fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night.
In the second inning, the Stars were able to get out to the initial lead. After shortstop Tommy Manzella and center fielder Juan Sanchez came through with back-to-back singles, third baseman Josh Prince delivered a two-out RBI single that scored Manzella and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead. Sanchez was thrown out at the plate by Lookouts' CF Nick Buss.
That lead was short-lived though. In the second inning, the Chattanooga offense broke out for three runs, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of pitcher Aaron Miller to give them a 3-1 lead.
After Chattanooga was able to score another run in the third inning, the Stars cut the lead back to two in the fifth inning on a RBI double by first baseman Hunter Morris. For Morris, the double was his Southern League-leading 17th of the season.
That was as close as Huntsville would get though Up 4-2, the Lookouts tacked on a run in the fifth inning as a byproduct of two Stars errors and then another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by catcher Griff Erickson to increase their lead to four.
However, the Stars had their chances. After another RBI single by Prince in the eighth inning cut their deficit to three, Huntsville squandered a chance as second basemen Scooter Gennett grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Then, with two-outs in the ninth and the tying run at the plate, Sanchez grounded out to Chattanooga first basemen Nick Wise to end the game.
For Huntsville, starting pitcher Josh Stinson fell to 4-2 on the season with the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) and seven hits over five innings.
For Chattanooga, LHP Aaron Miller improved to 2-4 on the season as he gave up just two runs over five innings of work.
On offense, the Stars were still able to churn out 12 hits, with Morris and Prince leading the way with three apiece.
The loss was the Stars third in a row and fourth in their last five games.
The Stars and Lookouts will continue their series on Friday as Huntsville will send RHP Evan Anundsen (2-1, 2.48 ERA) to the mound to face off against Chattanooga RHP Matt Magill (3-2, 3.44 ERA). First pitch is at 7:15 ET (6:15 CT).