Originally created 04/11/98

Jackets lose 8-7 to Macon



MACON, Ga. -- Macon second baseman Marcus Giles hit Larry Williams' first pitch in the bottom of the 10th over the fence and the Braves edged the Augusta GreenJackets 8-7 Friday night in a South Atlantic League baseball game.

The homer was Giles' second of the game and increased his league-leading total to four. He went 2 for 3 with three RBI and scored three times.

Macon now leads the South Atlantic Southern Division by 2 1/2 games.

Williams (1-1) had come on in relief of Wilson Guzman, who had blanked the Braves in the two previous innings. Ben Wyatt (1-0) was the winner.

Macon cleanup hitter Jason Hairston smashed a grand slam in the third off Augusta starter Paul Stabile, then added a solo shot in the seventh.

Augusta had tied the game at 7 all in the top of the ninth on Kory DeHaan's home run, which cleared the scoreboard.

DeHaan's blow came off reliever Byron Embry, who had chalked up three straight saves in as many appearances before the Augusta series.

The bottom of Augusta's batting order had kept the Jackets in the game, with Matt Bryant going 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Robert Mackowiak, the No. 9 hitter, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. He scored three times.