CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Joc Pederson homered and drove in four runs to lead Chattanooga to an 8-7 win over Tennessee Friday night at AT&T Field.
The win is the first for the Lookouts (1-2) in the second half of the Southern League season.
Pederson hit clean-up in the Chattanooga order between Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Miguel Rojas, and the new 3-4-5 combination totaled nine of the Lookouts' eleven hits.
Rojas went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, ending up a home run shy of the cycle. He scored two runs and also added a walk. Cavazos-Galvez finished 4-for-5 with four singles and scored once.
Pederson's RBI-single in the third gave Chattanooga a brief 2-0 lead, but the Smokies erased the deficit with a three-run fourth.
Arismendy Alcantara's solo homer off Andres Santiago pushed Tennessee's lead to 4-2 in the fifth, but Pederson answered with a three-run homer off the pavilion in right field in the bottom half of the inning to push the Lookouts back in front.
After allowing Chattanooga's lead to grow as large as 7-4 through six innings, Tennessee posted yet another three-run inning in the seventh to tie the game.
Ozzie Martinez's run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning proved to be the game-winner.
Reliever Hector Nelo (5-1) picked up the win despite blowing the lead in Tennessee's three-run seventh. Yimi Garcia struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his 14th save.
The two teams will play game four of their five-game series at 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday night.
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