(HUNTSVILLE) - Sam Narron blanked the Chattanooga Lookouts on a pair of singles through five innings and Patrick Ryan tossed two no-hit innings in relief as the Huntsville Stars won the final, rubber game of a five-game series vs. Chattanooga, Friday night, 3-2 in a rain-shortened 7½-inning affair, at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Stars took 3 out of 5 to improve to 9-6 on the season and stay two games behind front-running Carolina in the North Division. The Lookouts drop to 7-8.
Rain started falling in the 5th inning and was pretty steady throughout the next couple of innings before it forced the teams off the field prior to the home half of the 8th. The rain washed out another scheduled fireworks show for the second consecutive time this season.
The Stars played before the largest crowd of the season, but not quite large enough for fans to see General Manager Buck Rogers lose his hair. His open challenge to the rest of his staff and baseball fans was to lure 5,000 to the ballpark for the first fireworks show of the season, or he would have someone from the crowd cut his hair on the field in front of everyone. The crowd fell short by 118 with an attendance figure of 4,812.
Alcides Escobar and Mat Gamel teamed up to give Narron an early 2-0 lead to work with. Escobar tripled and scored in the 1st after Mat Gamel's one-out single to center. Then in his next at-bat, Escobar drew a leadoff walk in the 3rd and came in when when Gamel doubled him home.
Freddy Parejo's two-out triple in the 3rd drove in Ryan Crew to stretch the Stars' lead to 3-0. Parejo, off to the hottest April start in Stars history, finished with a 2-for-4 night. and is 16-for-31 (.516) with a team-leading 9 RBIs to start the season. Parejo, a career .245 hitter in four seasons, hit just .219 last year for Class A-Brevard County (Fla. St.).
Chattanooga got on the scoreboard when Luis Bolivar, whose 3-run homer took a 9th inning lead away from the Stars, Thursday night, jacked a 2-run homer to tighten the Stars lead to 3-2. The Lookouts hit 9 home runs in this series.
Narron earned the win after allowing the 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings. Patrick Ryan, who closed out the game with two scoreless no-hit innings, earned his 2nd save.
The Stars now travel to Jackson, Mississippi to take on the Braves, whom they swept in five game at home to open the season. Steve Hammond (1-1, 5.02) will face southpaw Dan Smith (0-3, 7.11).