The Biscuits (32-29) picked up their eighth straight win, rallying to defeat the first-place Chattanooga Lookouts (33-28), 12-7. The Lookouts have now lost five straight games.
Both teams combined for 27 hits in the contest - 16 for the Biscuits and 11 for the Lookouts.
Chattanooga got out to an early lead after plating six runs in the first four innings of the game.
However, the Biscuits found a way to jump all over Lewis Thorpe. Thorpe couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning as he allowed nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Ryan Eades took over for Thorpe and allowed two earned runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Despite a scoreless first frame, Biscuits' starting pitcher J.D. Martin was unable to silence the Lookouts' bats. Chattanooga scored six runs in the first four innings, two of which were plated on a double by Zander Wiel in the third.
An Edgar Corcino RBI-single chased Martin, who was relieved by Travis Ott (2-1), in the fourth. With a runner on third and one out, Ott struck out a pair, subduing the threat.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the third, Montgomery's offense was finally able to get a hit off Lookouts' starter Lewis Thorpe (2-4). Mike Brosseau began the inning, doubling on a line drive for the first hit. Jake Cronenworth plated the Biscuits' first run with an RBI-double prior to Ryan Boldt continuing the barrage, drawing Montgomery within three via an RBI-single.
Montgomery scored seven runs in the fourth, snatching the lead from Chattanooga once and for all
Hitters continued to bombard Thorpe in the fourth. Brett Sullivan sparked a seven-run outburst with a lead-off walk. A Thorpe wild pitch made the score 6-3 before Peter Maris recorded his first Double-A hit and RBI.
Trailing by two, Boldt knotted the game at six with a two-run single. Tampa Bay Rays' number 11 prospect Nick Solak ignited the Riverwalk Stadium crowd, blasting a three-run home run to thrust Montgomery ahead 9-6.
As the Biscuits persisted to pepper the Lookouts' pitching, a combination of Ott, Roel Ramirez and Jordan Harrison controlled Chattanooga, allowing a sole run over the final 5.2 innings.
Montgomery would plate a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh, advancing the lead to 12-6.
Although Chattanooga scored their seventh run on a Ramirez wild pitch in the eighth, the final five Lookouts were retired in order, propelling Montgomery within one game of first place in the Southern League North Division.
Sean Miller had a solid day at the plate. He finished 3-for-3 with three (!!) doubles and two runs scored. LaMonte Wade reached base three times out of the lead-off spot and collected his second double of the season.
Brent Rooker reached base four times but he didn’t collect a hit as they were all free passes. Overall, the club went 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base.
The Biscuits continue a five-game homestand against the Chattanooga Lookouts Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium.
The Biscuits will start Genesis Cabrera (5-3), who had a career-high 12 strikeouts in his last start, while Chattanooga will offer Omar Bencomo (4-0).
The Lookouts' roster lost a key player when outfielder LaMonte Wade was moved up to Triple-A Rochester. Fans must keep in mind that each player's goal is to reach the Major Leagues and to do this he must climb the minor league ladder.
Infielder Andy Wilkins has rejoined the Lookouts having been reactivated from the Disabled List.