M-Braves win 2nd in a row

Published 11:39 am Thursday, June 16, 2011

It’s far too early to call it a winning streak. It is, at least, a start.

Ernesto Mejia hit a two-run home run, Arodys Vizcaino allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and the Mississippi Braves took the opener of their series with Jacksonville 3-1 on Wednesday night.

It was the second straight win for the M-Braves (25-41), who halted a seven-game losing streak on Monday. They have not won three in a row at any point this season and are in last place in the Southern League’s South Division, 13 games behind Birmingham.

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The end of the first half of the season, when the records are wiped clean, is Sunday.

Game two of the five-game series in Jacksonville is tonight at 6:05.

Jacksonville (33-23) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning Wednesday when Luke Montz doubled with two outs and scored on a base hit by Jim Negrych.

In the top of the sixth, the M-Braves took the lead for good. Mycal Jones drew a leadoff walk, was bunted to second and scored on a single by Willie Cabrera to tie the game. Two batters later, Mejia hit a pitch over the center field fence for his seventh home run of the season and a 3-1 lead.

Mejia is 5-for-12 with eight RBIs in his last four games.

From there, the M-Braves’ pitching staff took over.

Vizcaino left after surrendering a two-out walk in the bottom of the eighth, and closer Billy Bullock was perfect over the last 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save of the season.

Vizcaino (2-1) allowed five hits and one walk, and struck out nine in an impressive outing. He has allowed only two runs in 12 innings over his last two starts.