Mejia’s blast gives M-Braves win over Suns

Published 11:39 am Monday, July 25, 2011

In one fell swoop, the Mississippi Braves overcame a number of hurdles on Sunday.

Ernesto Mejia hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the top of the 10th inning, and the M-Braves escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to beat the Jacksonville Suns 5-4.

Jacksonville loaded the bases on two walks and a passed ball on strike three — all with two outs — before reliever Benino Prudera finally got Alex Romero to fly to right for the final out.

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Jacksonville also scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie it after the M-Braves had scored twice in the top of the inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Mejia also doubled and finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The homer was his 17th of the season.

The victory was the M-Braves’ second in extra innings in the series. They had lost seven extra-inning games in a row before that. It also pulled them to .500 after several failed attempts to reach the mark, and gave them back-to-back series wins for the first time this season.

Getting a third series win in a row will be crucial to any playoff hopes the team might harbor. The M-Braves open a five-game set against first-place Mobile on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. The M-Braves trail the BayBears by seven games, and it’s their last head-to-head meeting of the season.

Mycal Jones also had two hits for the M-Braves (15-15), and Pruneda — the last of six pitchers the team used — earned his seventh save of the season. Billy Bullock (2-1) walked three batters and allowed two runs in the ninth, but still got the win.

Ryan Curry went 2-for-5 and scored a run for Jacksonville (12-17). Kyle Skipworth doubled and drove in three runs.