MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Zephyrs loaded the bases in the ninth inning while trailing by two, so Memphis brought in its closer, Sam Tuivailala.
Tuivailala delivered, striking out three consecutive Zephyrs for his 12th save.
The Zephyrs started the game with a hit from Robert Andino and a two-run homer from former LSU standout Austin Nola. The Redbirds answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Carlos Peguero singled home Dean Anna.
Memphis took the lead in the fourth with a two-run homer from Michael McKenry. The Zephyrs’ Destin Hood crushed his team-leading 12th home run of the season in the eighth.
New Orleans out-hit the Redbirds 12-8 but left nine men on base. Memphis starter Jerome Williams worked six innings and earned the win. Dylan Axelrod took the loss for New Orleans allowing four runs in five innings.
The Zephyrs have dropped three in a row to fall to 36-39. Memphis has won two in a row and is 36-40.
The Zephyrs are 3-3 on their 12-game, 13-day road trip. ... The Zephyrs placed pitcher Chris Narveson on the disabled list.
Who: Zephyrs at Redbirds
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: AutoZone Park, Memphis, Tenn.
Probable starters: Zephyrs RHP Jose Urena (1-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Memphis RHP Deck McGuire (6-6, 4.23)