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Mudcats held to three hits

Published in Sports on August 2, 2006 2:05 PM

PEARL, Miss. -- Three Mississippi pitchers held Carolina to three hits as the Braves beat the Mudcats 2-1 on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.

Atlanta Braves' right-hander Kyle Davies and Stem, N.C. native Matt Harrison combined to no-hit the Mudcats (13-26) through the first seven innings before J.C. Muniz homered to left with one out in the eighth against Arthur Santos to draw Carolina within 2-1.

Carolina's rally was stifled in the ninth inning when Brett Carroll rolled into a double play to end the game, stranding the tying run at third base.

Davies, 2-3 over eight starts with the Braves, was placed on the disabled list with a groin tear in mid-May. He pitched a half-season with Greenville in the Southern League in 2004 as a 20-year-old, and was perfect through a 33-pitch, two-inning outing. Harrison walked three and fanned four over five innings.

Jose Garcia (3-5) allowed nine hits over six-plus innings, striking out seven for the Mudcats, who dropped to 1-8 on its current 10-game road trip. Matt Yourkin entered into a second and third, none out jam in the seventh, and did not permit a run thanks to a strikeout and a pair of diving defensive stops by first baseman Josh Pressley and third baseman Lee Mitchell.

Carolina concludes its road trip tonight with Adam Bostick (5-7, 4.10) starting against Dan Smith (2-5, 4.41) at 8:05. Carolina opens a 10-game homestand at Five County on Friday night against the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx at 7:15 p.m.