(PEARL, Miss.) - Sam Narron, working a perfect game with two out in the 8th, settled for a 2-hit, complete game 9-1 victory over the Mississippi Braves, to close out the Huntsville Stars' five-game series at Trustmark Park.
The Stars take three games to win the series, pushing their record to 12-8. The Braves fall to 4-16.
In taking 8 of10 games this season, the Stars have outscored the Braves in the first three innings, 29-8, and 65-29 overall.
Narron breezed through seven innings, recording 11 ground ball outs and retiring 9 hitters with two pitches or less.
He struck out Kala Ka'aihue to start the 8th, then retired Greg Creek on a bouncing ball to first for the second out. But after bunting a ball foul up the 3rd base line, Diory Hernandez smashed a grounder past Mat Gamel, down the left field line and into the corner for a triple to ruin Narron's bid for perfection.
Narron walked Mark Jurich before retiring J.C. Boscan on a liner to end the inning.
Javier Guzman collected the Braves' 2nd hit after Matt Young walked with one out in the 9th. Young moved to third base on Guzman's double and scored on Jason Perry's sacrifice fly to spoil the shutout bid.
Narron walked 2 and struck out 5 and chipped in with two hits in the first complete game for a Stars pitcher this year. Narron improves his record to 3-1.
The Stars took a 4-0 lead on five hits in the 1st inning. Mat Gamel, Matt LaPorta and Chris Errecart delivered consecutive RBI doubles off Dustin Evans to make it 3-0. Freddy Parejo then singled with two out to score Errecart.
Parejo finished 3-for-4 to raise his average after 41 at-bats to .488, the hottest start for a Huntsville hitter since Marcos Armas in 1992.
Narron doubled in a run in the 4th to make it 5-0 and Michael Brantley doubled home two more with 2 out in the 6th to make it 7-0. Brantley then scored on a single by Alcides Escobar to make the score 8-0.
The Stars collected 8 doubles in the game, the most since May 30 of last year in a 19-run shellacking of Montgomery.
The Stars begin a five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium against Jacksonville tonight. Southpaw Steve Hammond will face Suns' right-hander James McDonald.