De La Rosa's Hit Gives Stars 3-2 Win in 11 Innings

(HUNTSVILLE) - Anderson De La Rosa singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to lift the Huntsville Stars to a 3-2 win over the Mississippi Braves, Sunday night at Joe Davis Stadium.

For the Stars, it was their 2nd straight victory after an 8-game losing streak, their longest since June 5-13, 2006.

The Stars improve to 20-23, but remain in 3rd in the Northern Division by six games.

The Braves remain atop the Southern Division with a 28-15 record despite losing a 2nd straight game, batting .175 in the first three games of this series, and scoring just 6 runs.

The Stars have won 10 of the 13 games between the two teams.

After both teams scored in the 1st inning with the Stars taking the lead, 2-1, starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brae Wright locked horns in a scoreless struggle for six innings, with both teams managing just six hits between them.

J.R. Holt spoiled Wright's bid for his first win since June 26 with a game-tying home run in the 8th over the glove of Freddy Parejo.

Dave Johnson and Sung Ki Jung then took the teams into extra innings with two scoreless, no-hit innings.

The Stars lost an opportunity to win the game in the 10th after Steve Marek, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the Mark Teixera deal for Casey Kotchman, came on in relief for the Braves. Pinch-hitter Michael Brantley walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and to third on a ground ball.

After intentionally walking Mat Gamel, who snapped an 0-for-20 slump with a hit in the 1st inning, Marek struck out Cole Gillespie to send the game into the 11th.

The Braves also used a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 11th to try and get a run in after J.R. Holt led off with a single, but Steve Bray struck out Reid Gorecki and Jordan Schafer to take the Stars into the bottom of the 11th.

Marek hit Chris Errecart in the back with a pitch to start the inning. After fouling off two sacrifice bunt attempts, Lorenzo Cain singled to center, moving Errecart to second.

Cain went 4-for-5 on the day and drove in two of the Stars' three runs.

Freddy Parejo did get a hard sacrifice bunt down the first base line to move the runners into scoring position, leaving newly-acquired De La Rosa, in his second start, to hit a sharp grounder through the hole in the middle to score Errecart with the winning run.

It was only the Stars' 3rd win in 11 extra-inning games.

Monday evening, left-hander David Welch takes another try at his 11th win against Braves' right-hander Tommy Hanson (6-3, 3.71), who pitched a no-hitter on June 25 vs. Birmingham. Hanson since has gone 2-0 in four starts with a 2.21 ERA.