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Updated: 7/28/2013 12:32 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Jacksonville Suns (18-16, 52-49) hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and salvaged the final game of their series against the Montgomery Biscuits (16-19, 53-52), winning Saturday by a final score of 5-1.

Derek Dietrich’s solo blast started the trio of long balls and was the Suns’ first hit against Biscuits starter Victor Mateo (4-9). Dietrich's fifth homer as a Sun tied the game 1-1, after the Biscuits had taken a 1-0 lead on their first hit against Suns starter Bryan Evans (3-3) in the bottom of the sixth, a solo home run by Robi Estrada.

After Dietrich knotted the contest, Mark Canha followed with his tenth home run of the season to give Jacksonville the lead. Before Canha had even settled in the dugout, Zack Cox launched his second tater of the season to put the Suns in front 3-1.

It marked the first time the Suns have hit three consecutive home runs in 2013 and just the sixth time all year that Jacksonville strung together at least two round-trippers.

Both Evans and Mateo took no-hitters into the sixth inning, but it was Evans who eventually surfaced with the victory. The right-hander finished his outing after seven strong innings, allowing just a pair of hits and striking out five. Estrada’s homer remained the only run the Biscuits scored against Evans.

After the Suns jumped ahead thanks to their home run heroics, Isaac Galloway added two insurance runs with a double that plated both Danny Pertusati and Danny Black to give Jacksonville a 5-1 advantage.

Edgar Olmos, Collin Cargill and Michael Brady combined to shut the Biscuits out over the remaining two innings as Jacksonville secured its second straight win over Montgomery after dropping the first three games of the series.

The Suns return home Sunday to begin a ten-game home stand, starting with a five-game series against the Chattanooga Lookouts. The series opener between Jacksonville and Chattanooga will pit Suns’ left-hander Adam Conley (9-4, 3.41) against Lookouts righty Andres Santiago (3-9, 4.81). First pitch of the series opener is set for 6:05 p.m. ET.

Brent Martineau
Brent is the Sports Director at FOX30/CBS47. He's been with Action News since March of 2008.
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