The Jacksonville Suns scored three runs in the first two innings, but fell to the Montgomery Biscuits 6-5 on Saturday night at Riverwalk Stadium. The Biscuits scored 31 runs in the series and won four of the five games. Montgomery stayed atop the South with a record of 7-3 in the second half, while the Suns fell to 4-6.
The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on three straight hits. Aaron Dudley drove in a run with a single, with Chris Gutierrez scoring and Curt Smith scored on an error. Jacksonville added another run in the second when Kyle Skipworth crossed the plate on Jake Smolinski’s ground out to make the score 3-0. The Suns scored first in every game of the series, but lost four times.
For the second straight game the Biscuits responded. Michael Sheridan drove in two runs in the home half of the second, and Ryan Garko drove in a run in the third to even the score 3-3.
In the fifth inning, the Biscuits scored three runs to take the lead with Omar Luna leading the way with a two-run home run and the Suns trailed for the first time in the game 6-3.
Jacksonville scored twice in the seventh against reliever Merrill Kelly to cut the lead to 6-5 when Dudley drove in his second run of the night and Smith scored on a wild pitch. The Suns have had 30 of their games this season decided by one run (13-17).
The Suns loaded the bases in the ninth on two singles and a walk, but Kirby Yates wiggled out of the jam when Skipworth grounded out to first to end the game. The Suns stranded 11 runners on base on the night.
Matthew Neil (1-3) allowed six runs on 10 hits and lost his third straight decision. Merrill Kelly (5-1) pitched three and a-third innings for the win. Kirby Yates earned his sixth save of the season.
The Suns begin a three game series against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday night at the Baseball Grounds with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.