(KODAK, Tenn.) - Sam Narron won his league-leading 6th game, tossing his 2nd complete game of the season and knocking in the go-ahead run to complete a five-game sweep of the Tennessee Smokies with a 3-2 victory at Smokies Park, Wednesday night.
The win, the Stars' 6th straight on the road, made Don Money the winningest manager in Stars history, passing Brad Fischer with his 231st victory. Fischer, the Stars very first field boss, led the Stars from 1985-1987. This is Money's 4th season as the Stars' skipper.
The Stars improve to 29-11 and maintain a five game lead over the Diamond Jaxx in the Northern Division. The Smokies fall to 15-25. They've lost 12 of their last 14 home games.
With the game tied, 1-1 in the top of the 7th, Ryan Crew hit a leadoff single to center, advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Corporan, then scored when Narron bounced a hit through the middle, drving him in.
The Stars picked up the needed insurance the same inning after Michael Brantley singled to center, sending Narron to 2nd. Freddy Parejo then tapped a grounder toward the mound, but pitcher Mitch Atkins (2-4) threw the ball wildly to first, allowing Narron to score, giving the Stars a 3-1 lead.
The Smokies got a run back after Doug Deeds' leadoff double in the bottom of the 9th. After a sacrifice by Robinson Chirinos, he scored on Matt Matulia's sacrifice fly to make it 3-2. Narron then gave up a single to Chris Robinson, but retired pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger on a ground ball to finish the Stars' third series sweep of the season.
Narron allowed 8 hits, walked one and fanned one to go to 6-1 on the season.
Steve Hammond will try to become the second 6-game winner in the league when the Stars return home Thursday night at 7 pm to face the Carolina Mudcats for the start of a five-game series. The Mudcats send right-hander Ryan Tucker (2-2), who has the league's 2nd-best ERA at 0.97.