Stars Take Montgomery, Win 20th -- Best Start Since 1985

(MONTGOMERY) - Mat Gamel knocked in 5 runs and Sam Narron overcame a bumpy start to win his league-leading 5th game as the Huntsville Stars scored four in the 1st on the way to an 11-3 shelling of Montgomery, Sunday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Stars took 3 of 5 in the series to improve to 20-10 on the season -- their best start after 30 games since 1985 -- and move into a 1st place tie with West Tenn in the North Division.

The Biscuits drop to 11-19 overall.

The Stars have won 5 of their first 6 series of the season, losing only to the Diamond Jaxx.

The Stars, the highest scoring team in the league, wasted no time jumping on starter Mike Wlodarczyk. Michael Brantley led off with a single and advanced to third base on a Guilder Rodriguez sacrifice bunt that turned into an error when Wlodarczyk threw wildly to first, allowing Rodriguez to advance to second.

Mat Gamel then singled to center field to drive in both runners then moving to second on the throw home, to third on a Matt LaPorta single and scoring on a Cole Gillespie sacrifice fly.

LaPorta then scored on a two-out single down the right field line by Carlos Coporan, who broke an 0-for-19 slump to finish the rally.

The Biscuits responded with three of their own in the home half of the inning against Narron. LaPorta saved the Stars lead by turning a grand-slam home run by Sergio Pedroza into a sacrifice fly for the Biscuits' 3rd run with a sensational catch, crashing into the right field wall as he made the catch.

Narron then retired Pat Cottrell to end the inning and set down the next 10 batters before Montgomery came up with back-to-back hits in the 5th.

Mike Bell's two-out double made it 5-3 in the 3rd and Gamel's bases-loaded double in the 4th made it 8-3, knocking Wlodarczyk from the game. He suffered the loss and goes to 0-4.

Cole Gillespie doubled in two runs in the 6th for the Stars who have reached double figures in runs scored seven times this season. The 1997 Stars, who hit double-figures 33 times that season, didn't reach that point until May 16.

Narron (5-1) went six innings, matching a season-high with five strikeouts. Patrick Ryan pitched another scoreless inning to run his streak from the start of the season to 15, and Joe Bateman finished the game with two scoreless innings.

The Stars return home today to open a five-game series against Mobile. Steve Hammond (3-1, 3.51), three strikeouts short of the league lead will face right-hander Brooks Brown.