GreenJackets get offensive in win

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The Augusta GreenJackets aren't playing their sharpest baseball of the season.

They entered the series finale against the Columbus Catfish losers of three in a row and seven of the previous 10 games.

But Saturday night, even though they still didn't play what manager Roberto Kelly would call "good baseball," the GreenJackets found enough offense to end their little losing streak.

Designated hitter Matt Weston led the hit parade with a towering two-run home run in the sixth inning, which led Augusta to a come-from-behind 10-7 victory at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Augusta pounded out 16 hits, the most since May 30, to avoid being swept for the first time since June 2005.

"You never want or expect to get swept, even when you're not playing well like we have been," said Augusta right fielder Bobby Felmy, who went 3-for-5 and made one of the best catches of the year in the fifth inning.

"I don't think the guys were thinking about it. We just played baseball tonight."

The GreenJackets (71-36, 21-16 second half) saw a 4-0 first-inning lead evaporate into a 5-4 deficit in the sixth inning before Weston, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, snatched the lead back for good.

"It was a good thing our offense was on tonight, because we're still trying to beat ourselves," Kelly said.

The GreenJackets snapped a six-game losing streak to the Catfish (61-44, 20-15), who are 8-4 against Augusta and the only team with a winning record in the season series.

"Those guys have our number. That's it," Felmy said. "It makes you wonder how they don't win more games. It seems like they should."

Augusta starter Adam Cowart allowed five runs in the sixth to continue his winless streak to four starts.

Tyler Graham, Mike McBryde and Felmy added late RBI to preserve the win, and Ryan Rohlinger extended his hit streak to 10 games.

Augusta rocked Columbus starter Ryan Morse for five consecutive two-out singles to score four in the first. McBryde, Weston and Gutierrez each picked up RBI hits, and Brett Pill scored on a wild pitch.

Cowart cruised into the fifth, when he got some defensive help after allowing two leadoff hits. Marcus Sanders and Burriss turned a middle-infield double play, and Felmy laid out for a stellar catch to prevent a run and end the inning.


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