CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Austin Kirk pitched five-plus innings of one-hit ball and drove in a run at the plate to lead Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Chattanooga Thursday night at AT&T Field.
After being held scoreless on two hits through seven innings, the Lookouts (0-2) scored two runs on five hits in the final two innings, but Brian Cavazos-Galvez struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Kirk (1-1) kept Chattanooga hitters off balance with a variety of off-speed pitches. He walked four but struck out eight before leaving with two outs in the sixth.
The Lookouts, who stranded at least ten runners for a second straight night, then loaded the bases against reliever Tony Zych, but Miguel Rojas popped out to third to end the threat.
Chris Reed (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three opposite two strikeouts and allowed runs on a wild pitch in the first and Kirk's RBI-single in the fifth.
The Smokies (2-0) pushed the lead to 3-0 on a fielder's choice in the seventh, then braced for the Lookouts' rally.
Rafael Ynoa and Joc Pederson led off the eighth with back-to-back singles, then Ynoa scored Chattanooga's first run on Cavazos-Galvez's groundout.
Rojas and Blake Smith led off the ninth in similar fashion before a Bobby Coyle walk loaded the bases. Ynoa delivered an RBI-single to cut the deficit to 3-2 with just one out, but Frank Batista struck out Pederson and Cavazos-Galvez back-to-back to pick up his tenth save.
The two teams will play game three of their five-game series at 7:15 p.m. ET Friday night.
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