PEARL, Mis. - The Biscuits (36-32) won a rain-shortened game on Friday night, defeating the Mississippi Braves (33-35), 1-0 in six innings, in the third game of their five-game series at Trustmark Park. Montgomery is now guaranteed to finish the first half above .500 for the first time since 2013 (37-33).
Mike Franco got the start for the Biscuits and delivered three shutout innings in his 13th start of the season, allowing just one hit and a walk to go along with four strikeouts in a no decision. The Biscuits are now 11-2 in Franco starts this season.
The 25-year-old right-hander would hand the reigns over to Fernando Baez (1-3) who won his first game of the season, working two shutout innings out of the bullpen, walking one and striking out one, while surrendering two hits.
The Biscuits were flustered early by 19-year-old Mississippi starter, Kolby Allard (4-5) who struck out five in five innings in his fourth-straight loss. But a one-out triple by Grant Kay-his second of the series-in the fourth brought Justin O'Conner to the plate, and the catcher swung at the first pitch he saw from the southpaw and lined it into right-center field for an RBI-single for the game's only run.
Kay was up to begin the sixth when the wind began to howl and eventually the rain started to pour, and after a lengthy delay, the game, which lasted just an hour and 17 minutes, was finally called in favor of the Biscuits. Montgomery will try to win the series on Saturday night when Jose Mujica (5-4) clashes with Max Fried (2-9) at 6:00 PM.
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