Stephen McCray stifled the Mississippi Braves over 7.0 shutout innings Saturday night as the Barons snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-1 win in front of 3,476 fans at Regions Field.
After scoring one run over the first two games of the series, the Barons doubled that total in the third inning alone, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a two-out RBI double by Marcus Semien. He would advance to third on the throw home and then came around to score when the catcher's throw sailed into right field.
The score would remain 2-0 until the 7th when Jared Mitchell lined a one-out RBI triple to right center and scored on an RBI single by Brandon Short to give the Barons a 4-0 lead.
The runs would be more than enough support for McCray (8-6, 3.84) who allowed just four hits and struck out six over 7.0 shutout innings in his best start of the season. The win tied McCray with teammates Scott Snodgress and Erik Johnson for the league-lead.
M-Braves starter Ian Thomas (3-6, 2.98) took the loss allowing two runs on three hits over 6.0 IP. Barons OF Keenyn Walker finished 1-for-4 on the night and also stole his league-best 30th base of the season. With the win, the Barons snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 53-35 on the season and 9-9 in the second half. The loss dropped the M-Braves to 45-43 and 7-11 in the second half.
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