James Paxton's dominant start helped the Jackson Generals beat the Mobile BayBears 8-1 in Game 1 of the Southern League finals Tuesday.
Paxton gave up one run on four hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. He had a two-hit shutout entering the eighth.
Mike Zunino doubled, tripled, walked, had an RBI and scored three times. Johermyn Chavez hit an eighth-inning grand slam and had five RBIs.
Game 2 of the best-of-5 series is Wednesday at Jackson.