KODAK, Ten. - The Tennessee Smokies (46-41) snapped the Biscuits (47-41) season-high five-game winning streak on Monday night at Smokies Stadium, as Montgomery fell for just the third time in 12 tries against their North Division rivals, 5-4.
Jose Mujica (8-6) made his 16th start of the year for the Butter and Blue and the right-hander fell behind the Smokies early, serving up an inside-the-park home run to Daniel Spingola in the third to give Tennessee a 1-0 lead. The home run was the outfielder's first at the Double-A level. In the fourth though, Justin Williams would step up and swat his fifth home run of the year on a moonshot over the right-center field wall to put the Biscuits up 2-1.
That lead would evaporate, however, when Yasiel Balaguert clubbed his second home run of the season off Mujica, this one a two-run shot, that hooked just around the left field foul pole to put the Smokies back in front at 3-2. Joe McCarthy would launch his fourth homer to tie the game in the fifth, but a Balaguert RBI-single in the sixth followed by a run scored on a 6-4-3 double play by Cael Brockmeyer made it 5-3 Tennessee.
McCarthy would come through with an RBI-single in the seventh to pull the Biscuits within one, but would strike out against Tennessee closer Dillon Maples with Nathan Lukes, the tying run, at second to end the game. Montgomery has now had three separate five-game winning streaks this season, but has been unable to extend it to six.
Despite the loss, the Biscuits still got to face some Big-League talent on Monday with last season's MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks and lefty Brett Anderson (1-1) making a rehab start and relief appearance, respectively. Montgomery also still leads the North Division Wild Card race by a half-game over the Smokies.
The Biscuits will be back at it on Tuesday morning when Logan Darnell (1-0) takes the mound against Preston Morrison (1-7) at 11 AM CT.
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