Tennessee wins over Carolina
Sevierville, TN --- Tyler Colvin had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth as the Tennessee Smokies defeated the Carolina Mudcats 4-1 at Smokies Park before 6,328 fans on Saturday night.
Colvin, who hit his eighth home run of the season against Luis Montano (L, 0-1), who was making his Double-A debut, fell a triple shy of the cycle as the Smokies won their sixth straight game.
Montano, called up from Sarasota to start due to Lee Tabor's promotion to Triple-A, was given a 1-0 lead in the first when Sean Henry singled, stole second and scored on a groundout by Todd Frazier.
Tennessee (19-17) tied the game against Montano in the fourth when Colvin doubled with one out and then scored on a double to center by Wellington Castillo, whose line drive was misjudged by Henry in center and nearly carried cleanly over Henry's head. Henry raced back and leapt, but only got a glove on the game-tying hit.
Montano allowed three in the fifth as the Smokies pressed ahead 4-1. Jim Aducci tripled to center, then scored on a grounder by Blake Lalli. Two batters later, Colvin drilled his fifth home run against Mudcats pitching pushing the lead to three.
Carolina (14-22), which lost its third straight, mustered just four hits against four Smokies pitchers. David Patton, making a third major league rehab start, worked three innings, but then left the game prior to the fourth with an apparent re-aggravation of a groin injury that has him on the disabled list for the Chicago Cubs. Marco Carrillo (W, 2-1) earned the victory in relief of Patton by working three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Brian Schlitter (S, 15) notched the save in a scoreless ninth.
Zach Ward makes his Carolina debut on Sunday at 5:00 PM ET against Jeremy Papelbon (3-4, 3.52).
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