PEARL, Miss. - Keury Mella (W, 5-3) turned in one of his best starts of the season in the Blue Wahoos 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves Sunday evening at Trustmark Park. The right-hander fanned eight while allowing just one run on three hits in matching his longest start of the season with seven innings.
The Blue Wahoos had the two-out magic working at the plate. All three Pensacola runs came with two outs. The Blue Wahoos scored first for the first time in the series with a two-out single from Luis Gonzalez that brought home Narciso Crook. Still leading 1-0 in the sixth inning, Taylor Sparks and Chris Okey hit back to back doubles to make it 2-0. Okey scored on a dropped pop up at second base off the bat of Mella to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Braves starter Bryse Wilson (L, 1-3) was good, but suffered the loss after getting saddled with all three Wahoos runs (two earned) over seven innings.
The Braves didn't break through against the Blue Wahoos starter until the seventh inning. Tyler Marlette doubled to start the inning and scored with one out on a double from Carlos Martinez for the only blemish on an otherwise stellar line for the Blue Wahoos starter.
Jesus Reyes (S, 1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
At the plate, Sparks and Okey both had two-hit games, but it was Crook that led the way with a 3-for-4 game including a double and a run scored.
The Blue Wahoos will look for their second straight series win, and third against the M-Braves on Monday night. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2-8, 6.23) is coming off his best start of the season and will pitch for Pensacola against M-Braves RHP Andres Santiago (3-1, 4.54). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at Trustmark Park.
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