Stars Win 6th Straight, Sweep Suns, Take First Place

(HUNTSVILLE) -  After Chris Errecart's home run in the bottom of the 9th won a suspended contest from Sunday's game with the Jacksonville Suns, Errecart went 4-for-4 and drove in 2 runs backing up Sam Narron's strong performance in a 7-2 victory in the regularly scheduled second game at Joe Davis Stadium.

Narron won his 4th game in giving up just one earned run over 6 innings and helped himself with a 2-run home run for the Stars' 6th straight victory and a series sweep over the Suns. It's the first time since the 2001 season that the Stars have won four straight from Jacksonville.

With the victory, the Stars improve to 17-8 and take over 1st place in the Southern League's Northern Division. The Stars, with the best April start in their history, also set a club record with 17 wins in the month.

It took just 3½ minutes to complete the preceding suspended game, which was picked up in the top of the 9th and the game knotted up at 9-9.

Juan Sandoval inherited Joe Bateman's 2-2 count on the Suns' Rene Rivera and struck him out with one pitch.

In the bottom half, after former Star Tanyon Sturtze retired Mat Gamel on a ground out with just one pitch, Errecart smashed an 0-1 pitch high off the Pepsi ad on the top right side of the scoreboard in left-center for the game-winning home run and 10-9 Stars victory.

Errecart's two-out single in the home 1st of the 2nd game staked Narron to an early 2-0 lead.

The southpaw, who lost a bid for a perfect game in the 8th inning of his last start, belted the first pitch he saw from Suns' starter Mario Alvarez over the right field wall in the 2nd inning for a 2-out, 2-run home run, his first as a pro, to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.

Alvarez was charged with the loss after yielding 4 runs, 3 earned, on 6 hits and 4 walks over 4 innings. It's the 3rd time a Suns' starter lasted only 4 innings in this 5-game series.

Third baseman Mat Gamel. who committed 53 errors at Class A-Brevard County (Fla. St.) last year, committed three fielding errors. His first, with two out in the 4th, allowed Andy LaRoche to score from third to cut the Stars lead to 4-1.

James Tomlin's sacrifice fly, on a foul ball caught by Errecart, who went up and over the tarp roll to make the play, trimmed the Stars' lead to 4-2.

Patrick Ryan picked up his 3rd save of the season in relief of Narron, allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings. Ryan has thrown 13 scoreless innings in his 7 appearances this season.

Errecart knocked in another run in the 6th with a bases-loaded single to right that Jamie Hoffman overran, allowing both Alcides Escobar and Gamel to score the final runs for Huntsville.

Despite Gamel's three errors, he reached in all five of his plate appearances, collecting a pair of singles to stretch his hitting streak to 14 games.

The Stars, after an off-day, open a five-game series at Montgomery starting Wednesday. Lefty Steve Hammond (2-1, 3.42) takes the mound for the Stars against southpaw Jake McGee (2-1, 3.32).