M-Braves rally for five in eighth to beat Smokies

Published 11:45 pm Friday, July 25, 2014

The Mississippi Braves ended their road trip, as well as their losing streak, in dramatic fashion Friday night.

Kyle Kubitza’s two-run triple highlighted a five-run rally in the top of the eighth inning, and the M-Braves outslugged the Tennessee Smokies 9-8.

The M-Braves snapped their three-game losing streak and ended a 10-game road trip to Birmingham and Knoxville with a 4-6 record. They’ll start a 10-game homestand tonight at 6 against Pensacola.

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In the eighth, the M-Braves got an RBI double from Braeden Schlehuber and Kubitza’s triple, and used a double steal and two errors to take the lead for good.

Addison Russell hit two home runs — a three-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the second — for Tennessee, which blew an early 6-0 lead. Luis Flores was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.

Cedric Hunter went 3-for-4 with a solo home run for the M-Braves.