(HUNTSVILLE) - Before a sparse crowd of loyal fans, the Huntsville Stars made team history Monday night at Joe Davis Stadium with a 9-5 victory over the Huntsville Stars.
With the five-game sweep over Mississippi, their 2nd straight dating back to last August, the Stars are off to their hottest start in their 24-year history. Not since 1995, had Huntsville won four straight to start the season.
Starter Sam Narron, who had a rough start last April, going 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA, held the Braves to 4 hits in 6 strong innings and picked up the win.
Huntsville raced to a big 6-0 lead after 3 innings. Alcides Escobar tripled in a run and scored on a Mat Gamel grounder to give the Stars a 2-0 lead just three batters into the home half of the 1st inning. Matt LaPorta scored on Mike Bell's double and the Stars were ahead, 3-0.
Carlos Corporan's 2-out single in the 3rd pushed LaPorta home making it 6-0.
Dustin Evans, 2-10 for Class A Myrtle Beach (Carolina) last year, suffered the loss in his 1st Double-A start after allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, on 8 hits over over 3 innings.
Narron retired 11 hitters in a row after allowing a one-out double to Javier Guzman in the 1st before Mark Jurich led off the 5th with his 2nd home run of the season to get the Braves on the board.
The Braves cut the lead to 6-2 in the 6th when Matt Young, who led off with a pinch-hit double, scored on Guzman's ground out. Guzman's sacrifice fly trimmed the Stars advantage to 6-4 and when Jordan Schafer doubled with 2 outs in the 8th off reliever Ben Stanczyk, manager Don Money called on Joe Bateman to try to close the door.
Kala Ka'aihue greeted him with a single to drive in Schafer, but Bateman struck out Jurich to end the rally.
Michael Brantley's 2-run, bases loaded single and a 2-out, RBI single by Gamel off Michael Nix pushed the Stars' lead back to four. Bateman then closed the door in the 9th for his 2nd save of the year.
The Stars hit the road for Jackson to open a five-game series against the Diamond Jaxx, Wednesday night. Lefty Steve Hammond takes the mound against right-hander Doug Fister.