OKC tops New Orleans, 9-4
HIGHLIGHTS: The Oklahoma City RedHawks beat the New Orleans Zephyrs 9-4 on Monday at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Eight different RedHawks drove in a run as the Oklahoma City snapped a six game losing streak.
The RedHawks got in the board early as Royce Huffman doubled with two down in the home half of the first against Zephyrs' starter Willie Glen, who proceeded to walk the next three batters including Travis Metcalf with the bases loaded to give Oklahoma City a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Casey Benjamin singled and Adam reached on a ground rule double. Esteban German singled and drove in Benjamin, while Fox scored on an infield groundout by Joaquin Arias to extend the RedHawks lead to 3-0.
Spot starter Brian Gordon pitched four scoreless innings for Oklahoma City in his first start of the season. Gordon did not walk a batter and struck out five before giving way to the RedHawks bullpen and reliever Josh Rupe.
Oklahoma City added two runs in the fifth inning on three hits to build a 5-0 lead, tacked on three more runs in the sixth on four consecutive hits and a pair of walks, and held an 8-1 advantage after six complete innings. Benjamin and Fox drove in runs in the fifth for the RedHawks, while Brandon Boggs, Max Ramirez, and Greg Golson drove in the runs in the sixth.
New Orleans plated a run in the seventh inning against Rupe after a pair of Oklahoma City errors, and added its final runs in the eighth inning against Mike Wood in his first outing for the RedHawks since 2007. Wood was signed earlier in the day by Texas, having begun the year with Florida and the Zephyrs. Willie Eyre came on in relief of Wood in the eighth with the bases loaded and the tying run in the on deck circle, and retired the next three batters to keep the lead intact.
Golson drove in Oklahoma City's final run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring at 9-4.
Rupe (4-7) notched the win with two and two thirds innings of relief for Gordon, while Glen took the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits over three innings. Glen walked seven and the Zephyrs issued 13 total free passes in the game. Eyre recorded the final six outs, including three strikeouts, to earn his second save of the season.
Four different RedHawks had multi-hit games and every player except Huffman drove in at least one run. John Raynor and Alejandro De Aza had two hits apiece for the Zephyrs.
Oklahoma City and New Orleans continue this four-game set with a 7:05 pm first pitch on Tuesday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The RedHawks lead the season series 7-6 with three games against the Zephyrs remaining in 2009.
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