The Columbus Catfish won for the first time in six games tonight, beating the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-2.
The Catfish fell behind 2-0 after three innings, due to a John Poppert solo homer in the second inning, and an unearned run (error followed by a double) in the third. But starter Marlon Arias settled down and allowed just one more hit, totalling just four hits allowed in seven inning pitched.
In the top of the eighth, Columbus took the lead, capped by Andrew Locke's two-run double. Locke scored on an error on that same play. Jordan Pratt held Savannah hitless for the next inning and a third, but walked three. David Horlacher, who joined the Catfish team yesterday, came in and walked the next batter, but got the last two outs to secure his first save in his first appearance of the season.
Game two of the series is tomorrow night in Savannah.