The Carolina Mudcats nearly recovered from a rough start to make a game of it, but wound up on the wrong end of a 5-3 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits.
Montgomery had a 4-0 lead through an inning and a half, with the biggest blow a three-run homer from Matt Fields off Daryl Thompson (0-1) with one out in the first.
Fields was one of four Biscuits to finish with two hits each. Former Durham Bulls catcher Craig Albernaz added a double and a single while Chris DeLaCruz chipped in a pair of hits with an RBI.
Yonder Alonso had a two-run homer in the fifth inning for the Mudcats, who got three hits including a pair of doubles from Chris Denove.
Paul Phillips (1-0) was the winning pitcher while Matt Gorgen collected his second save.
Montgomery at Mudcats, 2 p.m.
Jeremy Hall (R, 0-0, 0.00) vs. Alexander Smit (L, 0-0, 3.38)