(PEARL, Miss.) - Mike Bell's grand-slam homer in the 1st inning paced the Huntsville Stars to their 7th straight victory over the Mississippi Braves this season and 12th straight going back to last year, with a 10-3 win Sunday at Trustmark Park.
The 12 games streak, going back to August 3rd of last year, matches a club record against a single club that had held since 1985-86 when the Stars dominated the Chattanooga Lookouts in their first two seasons of existence.
The Stars have outscored the Braves, 48-16 in seven meetings this year.
Michael Brantley started the game with a walk and advanced to third when Alcides Escobar hit his first double of the season. With two out, Cole Gillespie walked to load the bases. Bell then drove a 2-2 fast ball from James Parr into the Braves' bullpen in left for the Stars' second grand slam of the season and his 1st home run at the double-A level.
Matt LaPorta's 3rd home run of the season, a monstrous 2-run homer in the 3rd inning over the picnic area and off a parked car, pushed the Stars' lead to 6-1.
Jason Perry, who had singled in a run in the 1st inning in his first at-bat with the Braves, launched a long home run to right field in the 4th to trim the Stars' lead to 6-3, but Derek Miller retired the next three batters and Robert Hinton and David Johnson closed the door on the Braves before the Stars tacked on four more runs in the late innings to make it 10-3.
The Stars closed their scoring in the 9th on a 2-run homer to left-center by Gillespie. The Stars have hit 3 home runs in a game for the first time this season.
Ben Stanczyk got Javier Guzman to hit into a double play in the 9th to end the game.
Miller went 5 innings to pick up his first win of the season for the Stars. He is 1-1. James Parr (0-2) took the loss.
The series continues Monday night with left-hander David Welch (2-0) taking the hill against Braves' right-hander Todd Redmond (0-0), who lasted four innings earlier in the season against the Stars.