CHATTANOOGA (Lookouts) -- Chattanooga did not wait to produce walk-off magic Thursday night.
After winning their last two games thanks in large part to ninth-inning wild pitches, the Lookouts (19-27) scored four runs in the eighth to rally past Pensacola for a 5-3 win in the opener of a five-game series at AT&T Field.
Chattanooga was held to just one run on three hits through the first seven innings, but got an RBI-single from Yasiel Puig to tie the game and a two-run double from C.J. Retherford to take the lead.
Retheford later scored Chattanooga's final run while Pensacola chased down J.T. Wise in a rundown between first and second.
The Blue Wahoos blew a chance in the eighth to ice the game, getting a Bryson Smith go-ahead single for a 2-1 lead before leaving the bases loaded.
Rehabbing major leaguer Scott Elbert was brought on to finish the game, and allowed a solo homer Travis Mattair before settling down to earn his first save of the year. Hector Nelo, who got the final out in the Wahoo's eighth-inning threat, earned his third win without a loss.
Getting a no-decision was Pensacola ace Chad Rogers, who scattered three hits over six innings, but gave up an unearned run early on. Loek van Mil (0-2) pitched the eighth and took the loss.
Leading the Lookouts' offense was shortstop Miguel Rojas, who had two hits (one double) and a walk to lead off the eighth, scoring twice. Restored to the starting lineup, Puig was 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
The two teams, each last in their respective divisions, resume hostilities tonight at 7:15 in game two of the series. Chris Reed (1-5) continues to seek answers to his horrid start.
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