One fat pitch from reliever Hunter Nelo undid six-plus innings of shutout work by starter Andres Santiago, as a Montgomery three-run homer by Riccio Torrez led the Biscuits to a come-from-behind 3-1 win in a lunchtime special at AT&T Field Wednesday.
The teams, which had to get past a brief rise in tempers during Wednesday's game, meet in game four of the series tonight at 7:15.
Santiago (3-6) hasn't had a fair share of good fortune in 2013, but Wednesday's loss had to be particularly painful. A Sean Burroughs RBI double in the fourth inning put the game's only run on the board against Montgomery starter Enny Romero. It was an unearned run, but was the only one in the game until the seventh inning.
A Cameron Seitzer single opened the inning, and with one out, Keith Castillo drew a walk which ended Santiago's day after only 82 pitches. Nelo's second pitch to Torrez was launched past the scoreboard for a 3-1 lead. It was Torrez’ fifth homer of the season.
In the eighth, the Biscuits added another run against reliever Michael Thomas, a run that caused the bottom of the ninth to be an insult added to injury.
Trailing by three, the Lookouts tried to snatch the win away. Erik Hamren, not the usual closer for the Biscuits, had trouble slamming the door. Bobby Coyle led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and Miguel Rojas moved him up 90 feet with a single.
Newly rejoined Matt Wallach was called out on strikes, but Rafael Ynoa followed with an RBI single that scored Coyle and pushed Rojas to third. Joc Pederson walked to load the bases. The inning-changing play followed, as Brian Cavazos-Galvez forced Pederson at second in a call that raised manager Jody Reed's ire despite a run scoring. Reed was ejected, but the Lookouts were still alive.
J.T. Wise could only deliver a ground ball, leading to a game-ending force play. Pederson, Rojas and Ynoa all had two hits for the Lookouts, who outhit the Biscuits 10-7.