Jackson, TN- Two big innings for the Jackson Generals were enough to blow past the Tennessee Smokies 9-4 on Sunday night, allowing Chattanooga to take over the first place spot.
Yasiel Balaguert upped his consecutive RBI streak to three games, singling in the games first run in the Smokies first try.
The Smokies held the 1-0 advantage into the fourth, which is when the Generals went to work off Zach Hedges. Kevin Cron hit a three-run home run, and the Generals sent nine batters up to the plate in a four run inning.
Tennessee added two runs in the fifth on David Bote and Jason Vosler singles, and then Tennessee would tie the game on an Ian Rice solo shot in the sixth.
The Generals took the lead for good in the bottom of that inning when Rudy Flores scored on a throwing error by Andrew Ely.
Jackson starter Joel Payamps (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings. Smokies starter Zach Hedges (6-5) took the loss after a rough outing in which he allowed seven runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Tennessee now leads the season series 6-2 over Jackson. With the loss Tennessee trails Chattanooga by a half game at the top of the standings. Tennessee and Jackson will go again tomorrow, with Jen-Ho Tseng slated to receive the start for the Smokies.
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