(HUNTSVILLE) - Greg Halman hit an 11th inning home run to carry the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx to a 4-3 win over the Stars, Thursday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Stars, who are off to a 1-2 start in the SL North, have lost 4 of 5 extra-inning affairs this season.
Robert Hinton, following Josh Wahpepah and Juan Sandoval who combined for 4 scoreless innings, threw a scoreless 10th for the Stars before he served up a 3-1 pitch that Halman belted over the wall in left-center field to lead off the 11th. It's the 7th home run Hinton has allowed in 42 1/3 innings of relief.
Halman's game-winning home run was his first Double-A hit.
Marwin Vega retired the Stars in order to preserve the win for the Diamond Jaxx normal closer Mumba Rivera (5-1), who won for the 2nd time this season against the Stars.
Hinton (3-3) took the loss after making back-to-back appearances for the first time this season.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning off Craig James, making his first career start after 182 relief appearances, when Angel Salome led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season. Scheduled starter Justin Thomas was injured shortly before the start of the game.
The Diamond Jaxx came back to take a 3-1 lead as they scored twice in the 3rd off David Welch on a fielder's choice grounder and a 2-out RBI single by Mike Wilson. Adam Moore's lead off home run in the 4th pushed WT's lead to 2 runs.
Welch, the SL's only 8-game winner, lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3.
Mike Bell scored on a Michael Brantley grounder in the 5th to narrow the Diamond Jaxx lead to 3-2. .
James was also lifted after five, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and walking one.
The Diamond Jaxx had a chance to extend their lead in the 6th, loading the bases with one out, but Wahpepah pitched himself out of a jam by striking out Brent Johnson, who owns a .361 average against Stars pitching and getting Jeff Dominguez to ground out to short.
The Stars tied the game in the bottom half on a 2-out RBI single by Alcides Escobar, the Stars' hottest hitter in June, scoring Freddy Parejo. Escobar is hitting .370 this month with 9 RBIs.
Thursday night, the Stars send left-hander Brae Wright, 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA this month, against right-hander Travis Chick.