Taylor Tankersley suffered his first loss of the season and is now 5-1. Alabama is now 20-9 overall and 5-5 in Southeastern Conference play. It was the Tide's third consecutive SEC loss.
Alabama and Auburn will meet again at 3 p.m. Saturday and finish the series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
It was obvious early that Tankersley was not at his best. He worked out of jams in each of the first three innings, stranding seven base-runners. Meanwhile, Alabama could scratch out only a single infield hit in the first three innings.
Auburn finally got on the board in the fourth when Jayon Moran had a triple to score two runners. He added insult to injury by stealing home and giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Bama had a chance for a really big fifth inning. Alabama had three straight hits, including a two-run double by Grant Redding, to cut the lead to 3-2. But the inning came to an end when Travis Garner's line shot was caught and turned into a double play.
Auburn put the game away in the bottom of the inning, getting four runs and a 7-2 lead, as Sean Gamble crushed a three-run homer. The Tigers added three runs against Alabama relief pitching over the final three innings.
"We're not a great team, and we're playing very poorly right now," Wells said. "We're just going to try and hang in there. We'll shake up the lineup tomorrow and see if that helps.
"Auburn played very well and pitched very well today, but you can beat that team if you do some things. They're not a monster team. But we are just asking our guys to do what they can do. A handful of our guys are doing that, but we need the rest of them to do it as well."
Seth Johnson (3-0) will get is first career SEC for Alabama Saturday.