OKLAHOMA CITY — The New Orleans Zephyrs used a four-run seventh inning to take control in an 8-4 win against the Oklahoma City RedHawks Friday in front of sellout crowd of 10,055 at the RedHawks’ home opener at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Friday’s loss ended a five-game winning streak for Oklahoma City (6-3) and dropped the RedHawks to 7-10 in home openers, including 1-5 in their last six debuts at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Zephyrs (2-7) ended a seven-game skid, including a stretch of four straight losses against Oklahoma City.
New Orleans second baseman Josh Rodriguez finished with a game-high four hits for the Zephyrs and scored two runs. RedHawks designated hitter Japhet Amador recorded three RBI. First baseman Jon Singleton had two hits and scored three runs for Oklahoma City.
The Zephyrs scored first Friday, taking a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Matt Angle singled on a line drive to left field to score Mark Canha. Jake Marisnick grounded into a forceout later in the inning and Rodriguez scored on the play.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, RedHawks first baseman Singleton singled on a line drive to right field to lead off the inning. Catcher Max Stassi followed with a single on a line drive to right field. Both runners then scored on a line drive double to center field by Amador to tie the game at 2. Austin Wates walked later in the inning to load the bases for Gregorio Petit, who flied out to left field to end the inning.
In the fifth inning, a solo home run to right-center field by Singleton, his third homer of the season, gave the RedHawks a 3-2 lead. The RedHawks have now homered in seven straight games for the first time since putting together an eight-game streak May 30-June 7, 2012.
The Zephyrs’ Justin Bour reached on a fielding error by Singleton in the sixth inning, and two runs scored to give the Zephyrs a 4-3 edge. Bour notched an RBI on the play.
New Orleans scored four times in the seventh. An RBI double by Juan Diaz pushed the Zephyrs ahead, 5-3. Diaz scored on a wild pitch by Foltynewicz with Brian Bogusevic batting for a three-run lead. Marisnick grounded out and Matt Angle scored. Justin Bour doubled on a fly ball to center to bring home the Zephyrs’ fourth run of the inning.
Amador’s RBI groundout in the seventh inning scored Singleton to cut the Zephyrs’ lead to 8-4.
George Springer walked to load the bases with two outs for Singleton in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Chris Hatcher entered the game to pitch for the Zephyrs and struck out Singleton to end the inning.
Relief pitcher Greg Nappo (1-0) secured the win for New Orleans, allowing three hits and one run in 1.2 innings.
RedHawks piggyback starter Mike Foltynewicz (0-1) was charged with the loss.
The RedHawks left 12 runners on base, and the two teams combined for nine wild pitches.
Oklahoma City’s series against New Orleans continues with a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.