PEARL, MS- Kyle Russell's 10th-inning sacrifice fly led the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 3-2 victory over the Mississippi Braves in game three of a four-game series at Trustmark Park Monday night.
With the game tied 2-2, Ynoa and Buss singled to put runners at the corners with one out in the 10th. Russell then delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, driving home the go-ahead run.
The Lookouts (14-11) scored three runs on nine hits while the M-Braves (9-15) scored two on seven hits. Todd Cunningham and Ian Gac led the M-Braves offense with two hits.
Chattanooga jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rafael Ynoa singled and Nick Buss followed with a base hit to right field. Buss moved to second on the throw. Russell grounded out, driving in Ynoa for the game's first run. C.J. Retherford also grounded out to bring home Buss.
The M-Braves finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Christian singled and took second on Zeke Spruill's sacrifice bunt. After a Cunningham ground out, Christian moved to third. Christian Bethancourt followed with a single to short, driving home Christian and cutting the Lookuts' lead to 2-1.
Gac led off the seventh with a double to center field. He took third on a balk and came in to score on Phil Gosselin's sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at 2-2.
The M-Braves managed to get runners to second and third in the bottom of the ninth but could not drive the winning run in, sending the game into extra innings.
Chris Withrow (2-1) worked two innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out one to pick up the win. Steven Ames (S, 10) came on in the 10th to record the save. Mark Lamm (0-3) surrendered the loss. He went two innings and gave up one earned run on two hits. He struck out two batters.
Neither starter factored in the decision. Zeke Spruill tossed seven innings for the M-Braves, limiting the Lookouts to two earned runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out four batters. Ethan Martin gave up two earned runs on four hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in seven innings.
M-Braves' lefty Sean Gilmartin (5-7, 3.47) toes the rubber in Tuesday's series finale. He'll take on Lookouts' right-hander Matt Magill (7-4, 4.08). First pitch is set for 8:00 PM. ET
Chattanooga Lookouts 3 R 9 H 0 E
Mississippi Braves 2 R 7 H 1
W: Chris Withrow (2-1)
L: Mark Lamm (0-3)
S: Steven Ames (10)