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Lookouts win 14-13, 3rd straight over Suns

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (lookouts.com)---With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning second baseman Levi Michael cranked a single up the middle of the field to bring home outfielder Max Kepler and give the Lookouts (12-11) the 14-13 win against the Jacksonville Suns (10-13) in what was a wild affair at AT&T Field. 

Jacksonville kicked off the scoring with a run in the second and two in the third. In the bottom of that inning Chattanooga roared back from the early deficit.  Max Kepler began that inning with his second triple of the season and scored on a Suns error. After a single by Heiker Meneses, Byron Buxton belted his third triple in two games to plate two more runs.  With three runs already on the board the team added three more on a DJ Hicks single and a two-run home run by Miguel Sano. 

The lead was quickly seized by the Suns as they put up five runs in the next inning.  The offensive burst was spurred by Viosergy Rosa, who hit a two-run double.  The back-and-forth game marched on into the bottom of the fourth inning when Michael hit a RBI double and Hicks brought Meneses home on a sacrifice fly. 

The game settled down in the fifth and the two teams remained tied until the bottom of the seventh inning.  In that inning Adam Brett Walker II launched a home run on a 1-2 pitch to give the Lookouts the brief 9-8 lead. 

Down one run the Suns gained the upper hand again as they pushed four runners across home plate. Running out of time the Lookouts' offense came through again. Meneses led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and advanced to second on a base hit by Buxton. Both runners sped home when the ball launched off Michael's bat and landed in right field. The triple put Michael 90-feet from scoring the tying run which he did on sac fly by Sano. 

Now 12-12 the game seemed destined for extra-innings, but the Suns offense was not done.  Center Fielder Kenny Williams hit the game's fifth triple of the day and scored  on a sacrifice fly by Austin Nola.

Hanging on to a newly minted one run lead, Jacksonville brought out closer Sean Donatello. Walker led off the inning for the home team and began it with a double.  The bases became loaded with no outs after a single by Kepler and a walk by Turner. The next batter, Meneses, drew a walk to knot the game at 13. The tie ended two batters later when Michael delivered his game winning single. 

After a much needed night of rest both teams will take the field again tomorrow at 7:15 for the fifth and final game of the series.  Starting pitcher RHP DJ Baxendale (2-0, 1.07) is set to toe the rubber for the Lookouts against RHP Kendry Flores (1-3, 3.57).

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