Thursday: Zephyrs 4, Redbirds 1 _lowres


FRESNO, Calif. — Nolan Fontana drilled a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie and give the Fresno Grizzlies a win over the New Orleans Zephyrs at Chukchansi Park late Sunday night.

The Z’s and Grizzlies were in a fantastic pitcher’s duel. Rob Morey delivered a one-out walk to Alex Presley and the Z’s made the move to the bullpen. Chris Reed struck out Jon Singleton. The Z’s intentionally walked Robbie Grossman and Fontana made the Z’s pay.

Fresno added a pair of runs in the eighth inning to cap the win.

The Grizzlies starter Brady Rodgers worked six innings allowed two hits. Jordan Jankowski (7-3) earned the win in relief. Fresno used three relievers to finish off the two-hit shutout. The combined shutout is the sixth of the season for Fresno.

Morey (2-5) worked 6.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked two and had five strikeouts.

The hottest team in the Pacific Coast League, the Grizzlies have won six in a row and 14 of their last 16 games. The Z’s continue to struggle dropping their eighth consecutive and 16 of their last 18 games. Fresno is 73-48, Zephyrs drop to 51-71.

Game notes

The Z’s were held to two runs or fewer for the 51st time this season, three shy of the club record established in 2013. The Z’s were blanked for the ninth time.

The Zephyrs eight-game losing streak is a season high. The Z’s have had three losing streaks of six games or more this season, all three have been since mid-July.

The Zephyrs’ schedule has them playing 18 consecutive games against first-place teams. In the stretch the Z’s are 2-15.

On deck

The Zephyrs return home to open the final homestand of the season on Sunday Las Vegas.