Kila Ka’aihue and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back two-out doubles in a three-run seventh inning, and New Orleans increased its season-high winning streak to six games Tuesday at Zephyr Field.
Starter Adam Conley (9-3) allowed one run on three hits in six innings to get his first win since July 5. Reliever Scott McGough allowed one run on three hits in the ninth.
“From what I was seeing from their hitters, I kept using my secondary pitches,” Conley said. “I didn’t throw as many fastballs as I normally like to but was able to throw it enough to keep them off the slider and the changeup.”
In winning the series opener, the Zephyrs (48-55) ended a six-game losing streak against Colorado Springs (41-60), which swept four games in the teams’ series July 16-19 at Zephyr Field.
Center fielder Isaac Galloway came out of the four-game series at Nashville having batted 6-for-13 (.462) with two homers, nine RBIs and five runs. But he was sidelined for the series opener Tuesday with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch. Manager Andy Haines said Galloway probably would be back Wednesday.
“I had an X-ray (Tuesday) morning,” Galloway said. “I was really happy it’s not broken. I’ve had enough serious injuries in my career.”
Galloway had a lacerated kidney in 2010 after a collision in the outfield and a broken elbow in 2012 after being hit by a pitch. Those basically cost him two seasons.
Galloway is on a six-game hitting streak. Before Nashville, he went 3-for-5 in the final two games against Memphis. In his past 10 games, he has batted 11 for 31 (.355) while driving in 11 and scoring six times.
“I’ve just been trying to take the same approach with my at-bats,” said Galloway, who is batting .246. “I don’t try to do too much. Against Nashville, it’s a great place to play, and I just had a good series.”
After the Zephyrs lost seven consecutive games in two home series, it seemed unlikely they would sweep a road series that pushed their winning streak to five games.
Haines said the win over visiting Memphis in the series finale July 23 was huge. After the game, the locker room was blaring with music.
“We had fought so hard for so long, it was like a relief,” Haines said.