PRINCETON — A pair of streaks ended on a steamy evening at Hunnicutt Field Tuesday.

The Princeton Devil Rays broke a three-game losing skid at the expense of the powerful Elizabethton Twins, former owners of a three-game win streak, by a 6-3 final score.

League-leading Elizabethton hurt itself with four errors, and Princeton got some luck for a change, in front of 660 home fans.

Jamie Nelson, the Rays manager, said, "To beat a team like this, you've got to get some breaks."

The Devil Rays tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning. Kyeong Kang singled through the left side of the infield, bringing Robi Estrada home with the tying run. Princeton missed a chance to take the lead, leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.

Estrada's unearned run was the only one allowed by Twins starter Michael Allen, who struck out nine and didn't walk a batter in five innings. The relief pitching was a different story.

After the Twins' score in the third, the Devil Rays retired eight consecutive batters, and didn't allow another hit until the ninth.

In the sixth, Princeton's offense put relief man Loek Van Mil through the mill. Aided by a pair of Twins errors, the Rays loaded the bags. Van Mil then walked Jared Edwards to force Omar Luna home, and his subsequent wild pitch gave Ben Humphrey the opportunity to cross the plate.

Rays starter Tyree Hayes took the win, pitching six innings with three strikeouts and scattering four hits.

Nelson said, "He mixed his speed well. He got some ground balls when he needed to get them. I thought he used both sides of the plate, and he held a pretty good hitting team down."

Princeton forged a 6-1 lead in the seventh. Kang looped a two-RBI double over the first baseman during the uprising against reliever Caleb Moore.

"That ball, the bounce that it took — the breaks were on our side tonight," Nelson said. "It's good to be on the other side, to be able to take advantage of (the opponent's) mistakes for a change. The boys, I told them to rise to the challenge. ...

"Tonight we did a better job of playing catch. When we play catch, we have a chance to win if we get good pitching, because the runs'll take care of themselves."

In the entire game there was just one flyout for each side.

Left-hander Matt Moore came on in the seventh. He struck out four and walked three before turning things over to Justin Garcia and Michael Southern, each of whom inherited bases-loaded jams.

The Twins' Danny Lehmann and Wesley Connor led off the ninth with singles and scored the game's last runs.

Nelson said of Moore, "It's, like, his third outing. The kid's young; he's a high school kid (but) he's got really good stuff. There were times when I thought he looked like he was dominating the hitters, dominating the zone."

Late in the game, Michael Ross stole his 15th base of the season, second-best total in the league.

Today's game starts at noon, and gates will open at 11 a.m. Businesspeople get in for $1 with a business card.



At Hunnicutt Field

Elizabethton............................001 000 002 — 3 7 4

Princeton................................000 102 20x — 6 8 1

Michael Allen, Loek Van Mil (6), Caleb Moore (7), Blair Erickson (8) and Danny Lehmann. Tyree Hayes, Matt Moore (7), Justin Garcia (8), Michael Southern (9) and Mayo Acosta. WP—Hayes. LP—Van Mil. Att—660. HR—none.