JACKSON, Ten. - The Biscuits bullpen could not hold a four-run lead in the eighth inning, as Kelly Dugan walked off the Generals in the bottom of the ninth in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to Jackson.
For the third time in five games, the Biscuits blew a lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, and did so Wednesday up 7-3. Montgomery took the first lead of the game in the first inning on an RBI-single by Justin O'Conner before the Generals scored two runs in the second off 20-year-old righty Jose Mujica, who was making his Double-A debut.
Mujica would allow another run in the fourth, and would settle for a no decision. The Biscuits still haven't had a pitcher allow more than three runs in any one start this season.
The Biscuits would get an RBI-bunt single from Nathan Lukes in the fourth, and would tie the game on a Justin Williams RBI-double in the fifth. It was 3-3 in the seventh, when Alec Sole delivered an RBI-single into center field to put the Biscuits up one, and Montgomery would add three more in the eighth on a pair of bases loaded walks and a Michael Russell sacrifice fly.
But the Generals would storm back with four in the eighth off Kyle Bird and Diego Castillo to tie the game at seven, before Castillo issued a two-out walk to Michael Perez in the bottom of the ninth. Then Dugan stepped up and lined one down the right-field line which was misplayed by Williams and allowed Perez to score the winning run.
Nick Ciuffo and Riley Unroe still extended their hitting streaks to 12 and 10 games, but the Biscuits will be left to rue what was was surely their most disappointing loss of the season thus far. Montgomery will try to come within a game of Jackson for first place in the North Division on Thursday night when Yonny Chirinos (0-0) gets together with Brad Keller (2-0, 0.90) at 6:05 PM.
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