(CHATTANOOGA) - Mat Gamel singled in the winning run in the 9th inning to give the Huntsville Stars a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Chattanooga Lookouts, Tuesday night at AT&T Field.
It's just the 2nd time in 28 games that the Stars have won when trailing after 7 innings.
Michael Bell led off the 5th inning with his 7th home run of the season to give the Stars a 1-0 lead in this see-saw affair, then added another run after Lorenzo Cain singled to right for his first hit in a Huntsville uniform. Cain was moved to second on a sacrifice, then third when Freddy Parejo singled. He scored on a long fly ball to right by Alcides Escobar.
The Lookouts tied the game in the home 6th and took the 3-2 lead in the 7th against Jason Shiell after Michael DeJesus singled with one out. DeJesus moved to third on a single to left by Sean Henry and scored on Justin Turner's sacrifice fly.
The Stars took advantage of some poor defense in the 8th to regain the lead.
Daniel Dorn misplayed a routine fly by Gamel and turned it into a two-base error. Cole Gillespie then doubled into left with one out to score Gamel with the tying run, advanced to third on a throwing error by DeJesus, and scored on a single to right by J.R. Hopf against a drawn-in infield to give the Stars a 4-3 lead.
The Lookouts, however, came right back in the bottom half to tie the game on a two-out single by Chris Denove.
Freddy Parejo doubled with one out in the 9th against reliever Carlos Fisher, then moved to third base on a single to center by Alcides Escobar, setting up Gamel's game-winning hit past shortstop Chris Valaika for the go-ahead run. Fisher struck out Angel Salome with runners on the corners to finish Huntsville's inning.
It was Gamel's league-leading 76th run batted in of the season. Fisher struck out Angel Salome and Gillespie with runners at the corners to end the frame. Juan Sandoval retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning to earn his 10th save of the season.
Juan Sandoval picked up his 10th save by retiring the side in bottom of the 9th.
Starter David Welch was lifted after six innings, with the score tied. He was not involved in the decision for a fifth straight start and remains winless since June 7.
The series continues Wednesday night with left-hander Troy Cate (1-0, 2.13) facing Lookouts' left-hander Travis Wood (2-4, 5.31).