Hoover, Ala. (WATE) - The Tennessee Smokies dropped their playoff opener 3-1 to the Birmingham Barons on Thursday night.
The Barons lead the best-of-five series 1-0.
Trayce Thompson hit a leadoff home run in the 4th inning to give the Barons a 1-0 lead.
The Smokies answered in the fifth when Rubi Silva lined a home run to right-center off Barons starter Chris Bassitt to tie the game 1-1.
Birmingham plated two runs in the 5th on RBI-singles by Thompson and Dan Black to give the Barons a 3-1 advantage.
Birmingham's Cody Winiarski picked up the save, tossing a perfect ninth.
Game Two is Friday night at Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala.
Game Three in the series will be played Saturday night at 6:16 P.M. at Smokies Park.