(JACKSON, Tenn.) - Nic Ungs tossed a complete-game 5-hitter and Angel Salome doubled and scored twice as the Huntsville Stars beat the struggling West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 3-1, Wednesday night at Pringles Park.
In winning their 2nd straight game, the Stars improve to 22-24, 7 games behind 1st-place Carolina in the Southern Division.
The Diamond Jaxx have lost 6 of their last 9.
Ungs struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.91 in winning his 4th game for the Stars against one loss. Three of his wins have come on the road.
The veteran right-hander retired 9 straight hitters at one point en route to the Stars' 4th nine-inning complete game win of the year.
The Stars rallied to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning.
Alcides Escobar hit a one-out single, stole second, his 31st of the year, and scored on Cole Gillespie's ground ball single past a diving Matt Mangini on the left side of the infield. That moved Angel Salome, who was hit by a pitch, to second. Salome then scored when Chris Errecart (.271) doubled to left.
The Diamond Jaxx made it a one-run game in the 6th on Greg Halman's two-out single scoring Matt Mangini, but the Stars got the run back in the 8th on a double-play ball that scored Angel Salome from third.
Salome doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on Gillespie's bunt single.
Salome, who came off the disabled list and was activated for this game, took over the Southern League lead in hitting with a .340 average, two points ahead of Mat Gamel, who led for most of the season before going on a 2-for-33 slump following the Southern League All-Star break.
Joe Woerman (0-1), just sent down from Class AAA-Tacome (PCL), lasted 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, walking one and fanning 5.
Ungs retired the side in order in the 7th, stranded Jeffrey Dominguez after a two-out double in the 8th and set down the Jaxx in turn in the 9th.
Thursday night, the Stars send right-hander Mike Jones (1-4, 6.52) after a strong outing last Sunday in which he threw 3 2/3 no-hit innings against Mississippi. He'll face West Tenn right-hander Tracy Thorpe (0-0, 2.57), making his 3rd start since coming down from Tacoma.