(HUNTSVILLE) - Once more, a late-inning home run has extended the woes of the Huntsville Stars.
Montgomery outfielder Gaby Martinez hit the game-winning home run in the 9th inning to lift the Biscuits to a 3-2 win over the Stars, Wednesday night, handing them their 9th loss in 10 games and extending their losing streak to a season-high six games.
The Stars have been held to three runs or less in each of their last ten games.
Tuesday night, Chris Nowak beat the Stars with an 8th inning home run and last Friday, a solo homer contributed to a 10-inning loss to Carolina.
Martinez hit the first pitch offered from Juan Sandoval out of the park to left-center field for his 16th round tripper of the season and second of the series. Colter Bean then retired the Stars in order in the 9th to earn his 10th save and 2nd in as many days.
Sandoval suffered the loss and drops to 2-4.
Both teams traded 1st inning runs. Rashad Eldridge singled to lead off the game, stole second and scored on a two-out double by Chris Nowak. Lorenzo Cain hit his 2nd home run in as many games, a long fly ball to left, to tie the score.
The Stars had the opportunity for more in the 1st. Alcides Escobar followed with a double and Mat Gamel walked. The duo then pulled off a double steal with one out, but Mike Bell hit a ground ball to Nowak at third and he threw out Escobar trying to score to keep the game knotted at one.
Nowak's two-out home run in the 6th off David Welch, who was going for his 11th win, gave the Biscuits a 2-1 lead. Nowak has five hits in the series, including two home runs, and has knocked in four after going just 1-for-21 in the first series between the teams.
The Stars evened the game back up in the bottom of the 6th on a sacrifice fly by Chris Errecart.
Biscuits' starter Jino Gonzalez was lifted after giving up just 2 hits over 5 innings, walking 3 and striking out 4. Welch lasted 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, walking one and fanning 4.
Former Mobile Bay Bear Roger Deago retired all four hitters he faced to earn his second win.
The series finishes Thursday night with right-hander Alexandre Periard (0-1, 3.14) taking the mound for Huntsville against Biscuits' southpaw Mike Prochaska (2-3, 5.70).