(PEARL, Miss.) - The Mississippi Braves (3-15) snapped a franchise record 9-game losing streak and 12-game losing spell against the Stars behind starter Todd Redmond, 5-2, Monday night at Trustmark Park.
Redmond, who lasted just four innings in a 4-3 no-decision loss at Joe Davis Stadium, worked eight strong innings and received long ball support from Jason Perry.
The Stars drop to 11-7 on the season and remain two games in back of Carolina after their 6-3 to Tennessee.
Matt LaPorta's home run to left-center field, his 3rd in as many games and 4th of the season, gave the Stars a 1-0 lead in the 4th. Cole Gillespie followed with a base hit and scored on a triple by Chris Errecart, who had a 4-for-4 day.
The Braves cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Greg Creek that scored Jason Perry.
In the 5th, Perry crushed a 3-2 pitch from starter David Welch for a 3-run home run over the restaurant on the concourse above the right field wall to give the Braves a 4-2 lead. Perry has gone 5-for-6 and driven in 6 runs vs. the Stars in his debut with the Braves in this series.
The Braves tacked on an insurance run in the 6th against E.J. Shanks when Matt Young singled home Mark Jurich, who doubled twice in the game.
Patrick Ryan surrendered his first hit of the season during two scoreless innings and has now thrown eight scoreless innings in relief.
Redmond allowed only one single over his final three innings to earn his first win of the season.
Welch gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings for the Stars and took the loss. He is 2-1.
The series continues Tuesday night with left-hander Brae Wright (1-1, 1.93) going for Huntsville against Braves' southpaw Carlos Sencion.