The Naturals' (41-44) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Alex McClure reached on an error by Hooks' second baseman Jose Martinez. Michael Liberto also reached on an error by Hooks' shortstop Jonathan Villar. Both runners scored on a three-run home run by Yem Prades. The home run was the fifth of the season for Prades.
Michael Mariot took a shutout into the sixth inning. The Hooks got a lead off walk from Villar, and a single from Andrew Simunic to put two runners on. Martinez made up for his mistake in the field delivering a two-run triple to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Mariot went five and two-thirds innings allowing four hits and two runs, while walking two and striking out four. Ryan Dennick (4-3) came on in relief of Mariot and struck out Drew Muren to strand runners on first and third and preserve the one-run lead.
The Hooks' offense went back to work in the top of the seventh inning. Chris Wallace led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brandon Wikoff. Wallace came around to score on an RBI single from Martinez to tied the game at three.
The Hooks' got a good outing from Jake Buchanan on the mound. Buchanan went six innings allowing six hits and three runs, walking one and striking out three. The Hooks took the lead for the first time in the game in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Drew Muren that made it 4-3.
The Hooks (48-37) did not stop there adding two more runs in the top of the ninth on a single from Martinez to make it 6-3. Martinez finished the night with five RBI. It was his second five RBI game of the season, the last coming on June 30 was also against the Naturals.
Former Natural, Kevin Chapman (5-3) earned the win working an inning and a third allowing two hits and striking out three.
The Naturals open a three-game series against the San Antonio Mission tomorrow night at 6:05 PM. The Naturals will send right-hander Ethan Hollingsworth (0-4, 5.09) against the Missions right-hander Keyvius Sampson (4-7, 5.45) The game can be heard on ESPN 92.1 The Ticket.