Closer Luis Pena gave up a run on two walks and a hit in a non-save situation in the ninth before the Sounds got a two-run double from Brad Nelson to bring them within 4-3. The hosts had runners on first and second with one out but failed to bring in the tying or winning runs in falling to Round Rock on Friday night.
Center fielder Tony Gwynn finished 3 for 4, but Nashville managed only two other hits.
Chris Narveson pitched the first six innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out five. Joe Bateman and Erasmo Ramirez each pitched scoreless frames until the Express pushed across the deciding run against Pena.
With trade speculation centering around several players, the Stars claimed an exciting 2-1 victory in the first contest of a four-game home series against Birmingham, the first-half winner in the Southern League's South Division.
Gillespie finished 2 for 4 and reserve first baseman J.R. Hopf was 2 for 2 with a double.
Huntsville starter Troy Cate was impressive again, lowering his ERA to 2.13 with 7.2 innings of one-run ball. He struck out three, walked three and allowed four hits. Dave Johnson followed with two scoreless innings.
Taylor Green, one of several Milwaukee prospects being tossed around in trade rumors involving Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia, laced a two-run, bases-loaded single to right to cap a three-run sixth after Stephen Chapman banged a solo homer to start the rally that led to a 4-1 victory over Daytona.
The Manatees improved to 6-8 as starter lefty Chris Cody (1-3) earned his first Florida State League triumph since being promoted from West Virginia. Cody allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six in seven innings. Josh Wahpepah pitched a scoreless eighth and Casey Baron got his third save despite giving up two hits in the ninth.
Chapman and right fielder Lorenzo Cain each finished with two hits.
Visiting Hagerstown jumped to a 3-0 lead in its first at-bat and held on for a 4-3 victory over the front-running Power with the winning tally coming in the eighth.
Hot-hitting outfielder Eric Fryer lined a double to bring in second baseman Eric Farris in the first, third baseman Zelous Wheeler crunched a solo homer to left in the sixth and Farris singled in shortstop Matt Kline in the seventh to knot things at 3-all, but the Suns scored the deciding run on a walk, errant pick-off throw, passed ball and infield single.
Farris finished 3 for 5 and Fryer was 3 for 4 to raise his average to .347 as West Virginia outhit Hagerstown 11-5 but couldn't string anything together. Wheeler and Cline also finished with two hits.
Lefty Evan Frederickson made his debut after arriving from Helena, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks in four innings, striking out five. Southpaw Curtis Pasma tossed three hitless innings, but Corey Frerichs (3-6) suffered the loss despite a 2.54 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 46 innings.
Christopher Dennis slugged his sixth and seventh homers of the season, knocking in all three runs. But the Brewers' sizzling bats cooled off considerably as they fell 11-3 at Billings.
Helena starter Michael Bowman entered with a 1.80 ERA and tossed three scoreless innings before the Mustangs battered him for six runs in the fourth and fifth.
Center fielder Cutter Dykstra finished 2 for 4 with a double and has improved his average to .278, going 6 for 18 since rejoining the lineup July 1. Dennis finished 2 for 4.
The Brewers continued to struggle finding enough pitching or hitting, dropping their sixth straight decision, 6-1 to the Giants. Milwaukee's entrant fell to 1-9 overall.
Offensively, the Brewers mustered only three hits: right fielder Jose Rangel lashed a triple and first baseman Pedro Ramos finished 2 for 3. Their woeful attack struck out 13 times against three Giants hurlers.
Brewers starter and loser Kristian Bueno (0-2) allowed five runs on six hits one walk, striking out three during his three-inning stint. Marcus Salmon gave up one run over the next three innings with four strikeouts, while Joel Morales pitched two scoreless frames.