The Catfish had jumped out to an early lead, only to have Hickory tie the game, before breaking the game open in the 7th inning, en route to a 10-4 win.
Hickory reliever Michael Felix allowed three singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly before leaving the game with the bases loaded. Jorge Charry entered in Felix' place and surrendered a two-out, bases-clearing double to Columbus' Mike McCormick that created too big of a chasm for Hickory to overcome.Alex Cobb, who pitched well enough to win his last previous 8 contests finally got a win, his first since May 12, improving to 7-4 this season.
Earlier, the Crawdads (5-10, 35-50) had battled back from two separate deficits, erasing a 3-0 Catfish lead and a 4-3 Columbus advantage with timely hitting.
CF Maiko Loyola and C Mike McCormick each were 4-for-5 at the plate for the Catfish.
The series with Hickory continues Friday night.