The Chattanooga Lookouts came out swinging Thursday night, and for that night, AT&T Field was a home run haven.
Bashing Montgomery pitchers for four homers, two coming from a revitalized Joc Pederson, the Lookouts scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in throwing an 8-3 verdict on the Biscuits.
The final game of the series and homestand is tonight at 7:15 with bragging rights hanging in the balance.
Pederson, who led the Southern League in hitting in early June but was at .299 coming in, got the Lookouts going in the first inning with his 12th homer of the year, a two-run rocket to center with Rafael Ynoa on board.
Before Biscuits starter Victor Mateo (2-8) could find refuge in his dugout, the Lookouts added a few more to the scoreboard on a three-run blast from Angelo Songo, his second as a Lookout.
Thus empowered, Lookouts starter Duke von Schamann was able to shake off a leadoff homer by Kevin Kiermaier in the first. He worked five solid innings to earn his first Chattanooga win in 2013.
Montgomery would add solo runs in the second and fifth innings, but the Lookouts had another big inning up their sleeve.
In the seventh, Pederson greeted reliever Austin Hubbard with his second homer of the night. Then with one out, J.T. Wise followed a Brian Cavazos-Galvez single with his fourth homer of the year to open up the final margin.
There was no save awarded in the game, but Chattanooga relievers followed von Schamann with four shutout innings, and the four combined pitchers struck out 10 and walked no one.
Pederson's big night lifted his season mark back to .302.