CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Riccio Torrez hit a three-run home run and a controversial call helped thwart a last-inning Chattanooga rally in Montgomery's 4-3 victory over the Lookouts Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Field.
The Lookouts out-hit the Biscuits for a second time this week, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position to drop a third straight game. Chattanooga is 3-for-26 in the series with runners in scoring position and has stranded 27 baserunners.
Andres Santiago (3-6) was in control for six shutout innings before putting the first two runners on base in the seventh. He was relieved by Hector Nelo with one out in the inning and a 1-0 lead, but Torrez crushed Nelo's second pitch high over the wall in left for the go-ahead homer.
Santiago was charged with two runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out two and walked three. His tough-luck defeat came less than 24 hours after Chris Reed took the loss in Tuesday night's 3-0 setback despite giving up just two weak runs in eight strong innings.
The Lookouts mounted a rally in their final at-bat, pulling within 4-2 on Rafael Ynoa's one-out RBI-single to right.
Chattanooga loaded the bases on reliever Eric Hamren and added another run on Brian Cavazos-Galvez's controversial fielder's choice. Torrez bobbled the ball at third before rushing a throw to second that appeared to pull Robby Price off the bag. However, Joc Pederson was ruled out by a force, drawing Lookouts manager Jody Reed into an argument that would get him ejected.
J.T. Wise grounded into another fielder's choice to end the game in the next at bat, stranding the tying run at third.
Ynoa, Pederson and Miguel Rojas each finished with two hits. Sean Burroughs' fifth-inning RBI-single produced Chattanooga's first run.
Tempers flared and nearly resulted in a skirmish early in the game. Hector Guevera was hit by a Santiago pitch to lead off the third, and Montgomery appeared to retaliate when Enny Romero threw behind the head of Rojas in the bottom half of the inning.
Rojas exchanged words with catcher Mayo Acosta before heading to first, and both teams received warnings from home plate umpire Garrett Patterson.
Romero worked the count full against the next batter, Matt Wallach, before grazing his jersey with the pay-off pitch. Reed argued for Romero's ejection, but Patterson ruled the pitch was not intentional.
The two teams will play game four of the five-game series at 7:15 p.m. ET Thursday night.
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