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Puig's walk-off helps Lookouts split doubleheader

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Yasiel Puig's rough week found a bright spot Monday night when the Chattanooga outfielder delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the eleventh to lift the Lookouts to a 3-2 win over visiting Jackson at AT&T Field.

The game was the first of a doubleheader to make up Sunday's rain out. Jackson rallied for a 5-4 win in the nightcap to split the double dip and take three of five games in the series.

Puig, who also homered in the game, was making his return to the lineup after missing eight games with a sprained thumb. During his time on the disabled list, the top overall prospect in the Dodgers' organization was arrested early Sunday morning for speeding and reckless driving.

The Dodgers said his discipline is being handled internally.

Puig hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to pull Chattanooga (11-14) even at 2-all, eventually sending the seven-inning game into extra innings.

Jackson (11-14) had the go-ahead run on base in every inning from the seventh frame on, but could not take the lead. Steven Proscia was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on John Hicks' double in the eighth, and Joc Pederson tracked down Vinnie Catricala's line drive to the right-center gap to strand a runner at second in the eleventh.

Pederson led off the bottom half of the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. He stole third on a passed ball before scoring on Puig's single to right.

Pederson, Puig and C.J. Retherford all finished with two hits to lead the Lookouts, who scored their first run on Blake Smith's RBI-single in the first.

Luis Vasquez (1-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless eleventh inning. Rob Rasmussen started and gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits in six strong innings.

Jackson 5, Chattanooga 4 (Game 2)
Abraham Almonte's single in the top of the seventh brought home the eventual winning run as Jackson rallied to beat Chattanooga 5-4 in game two of a Southern League doubleheader.

Pederson's sixth homer of the year gave the Lookouts a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but James Jones pulled the Generals back to even with a run-scoring single in the sixth.

Chattanooga had earlier erased a 3-0 deficit on Omar Luna's two-run single and Jan Vazquez's RBI-single in the fourth.

Blake Smith went 2-for-3 and was the only Lookout with more than one hit. He doubled and scored a run.

Onelki Garcia started but left with two outs in the third. He was charged with one run on just one hit, but walked three and hit a batter while striking out two. Aaron Miller surrendered three runs in three-plus innings of relief before Kyle Cofield (0-2) allowed the game-winner in the seventh.

Chattanooga will take Tuesday off before traveling for a five-game series at Birmingham. The opener against the Barons is set for 8:05 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

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