First baseman Brad Nelson clubbed a two-run homer in the sixth, his 14th, but the Sounds did nothing else offensively in suffering a 4-2 loss to Portland on Monday night.
Nashville starter Lindsay Gulin allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings, striking out six. Joe Bateman tossed two scoreless innings before Mitch Stetter allowed three hits and one run on a homer in two innings.
Center fielder Tony Gwynn finished 2 for 4 and scored on Nelson's shot.
The Stars couldn't find enough offense and Montgomery pounded Steve Bray in the ninth to post a 9-2 victory over slumping Huntsville.
The Stars suffered their third straight loss and sixth in seven games to fall to 18-18 and 2.5 games behind Carolina in the Southern League's North Division.
Third baseman Mat Gamel smacked a two-out solo homer in the first, his 16th, and catcher Martin Maldonado clubbed his second in the sixth, both off highly touted left-hander David Price, but those were the only two hits for Huntsville.
Stars' starter Mike Jones allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in four innings, striking out four. Jason Shiell (3-3) got the loss after giving up only one run in 2.1 innings, and then Bray gave up eight hits and six runs, five earned, in only 1.2 innings.
The Manatees were outhit 14-6, and the hosts' last one didn't go far either. But the result was a 5-4, 11-inning victory over St. Lucie.
Charlie Fermaint was hit by a pitch and went to second on a botched pick-off attempt. Chuck Caufield walked, and Stephen Chapman dropped down a bunt and Fermaint scored when the pitcher threw the ball away.
Brevard County (14-21) moved ahead 4-1 with a two-run sixth that featured Jonathan Lucroy's solo homer, his sixth long ball. But the Mets scored three times in the next two innings to knot things at 4-all.
Mike McClendon (4-5) shut St. Lucie down over the final three innings, allowing one walk and not hits.
Lucroy finished with two RBIs, while leadoff man and center fielder Mel Stocker scored twice and had a double.
The Power (26-11) dropped their second consecutive contest to struggling Lake County, a 6-5 decision in 13 innings, as their lead over second-place Lakewood in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division slipped to two games as the teams begin a four-game series Tuesday.
West Virginia grabbed a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Captains responded with three tallies in their half and the game remained tied until the hosts scored after a walk, stolen base, groundout and single against Wes Etheridge (0-1).
Center fielder Lee Haydel finished 4 for 6 with two RBIs, left fielder Logan Schafer went 5 for 6 with two doubles to boost his average from .321 to .373, third baseman Zelous Wheeler was 3 for 5 with two runs and shortstop Matt Cline ended up 2 for 5.
The Brewers started the second half with a dud, losing an 8-1 verdict at Missoula as they were outhit 12-2.<.p>
Shortstop Michael Marseco notched Helena's only two hits in finishing 2 for 4 to raise his average to .319.
The Brewers, who finished in last place in the first half, proved they were glad to start over from scratch, hanging on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels.
The visitors scored three runs in the sixth inning and made it stand up. Carlos George doubled in two runs and a single and throwing error scored the final tally to give the Brewers a 4-1 advantage.
Starter Cody Scarpetta tossed three scoreless innings of two-hit ball with five strikeouts. Ben Jeffers 91-1) allowed one run in two innings but got the victory, while Luis Guerrero gave up a run in going the final four frames for his first save.