BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Biscuits watched a 2-1 lead evaporate in the eighth inning as the Birmingham Barons finally defeated their interstate rivals, 5-2, on Saturday night at Regions Field.
The loss was the Biscuits first in a week, and it also snapped their five-game winning streak, which entering the day was tied with the New York Yankees for second-best in all of baseball. Greg Harris got the start for the Biscuits and was outstanding once again hurling seven strong innings and allowing just one run on four hits while tallying nine strikeouts.
A Keon Barnum home run put the Barons on top in the second inning, and Thaddius Lowry held the Biscuits bats at bay until the sixth when Grant Kay came through with a game-tying RBI-single. An inning later, Joe McCarthy stepped up and hit an RBI-single into center to hand the Biscuits a 2-1 lead.
In the eighth, the Barons would get a couple of runners on base against Montgomery reliever Jordan Harrison before an Alec Sole error brought home the tying and go-ahead runs. A Courtney Hawkins two-run blast off Diego Castillo put the game out of reach later in the inning as the Biscuits fell to the Barons for the first time in 12 games.
The Biscuits will try to depart Birmingham on a high-note on Saturday when they take on right-hander Michael Cooper in the series finale at 4:00 PM Easter Sunday.
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