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Redbirds End Dodgers' Four-Game Winning Streak

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The Memphis Redbirds scored seven runs through the first four innings on their way to an 11-6 win Friday against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Redbirds (71-70) won the opener of the four-game series between the teams in front of a crowd of 7,993.

The Dodgers fell to 85-56, ending a four-game winning streak, after taking the first lead of the night.

Ronny Torreyes and Darwin Barney drew back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the first inning for the Dodgers. Both then scored on a one-out two-run double by Chris Heisey for a 2-0 Dodgers lead.

The Redbirds loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third inning. Jeremy Hazelbaker then drew a bases-loaded walk to put Memphis on the board and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 2-1. Ed Easley followed with a two-run single on a fly ball that landed in the shallow outfield for a 3-2 Memphis lead.

A RBI double by Oklahoma City’s Kyle Jensen tied the game, 3-3, in the third inning.

Aledmys Diaz hit a solo home run to left field to lead off the top of the fourth inning for Memphis and give the Redbirds a 4-3 lead.

Dean Anna drew a walk to load the bases for the Redbirds in the top of the fourth inning. Dan Johnson was then hit by a pitch from reliever Danny Coulombe to bring home a run for Memphis and give the Redbirds a 5-3 lead. Jeremy Hazelbaker added a two-run single in the top of the fourth inning for a 7-3 Memphis advantage.

A wild pitch with Ed Easley batting brought home another run for the Redbirds, giving Memphis an 8-3 lead, in the sixth inning.

A two-run double by O’Koyea Dickson cut Memphis’ lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A sacrifice fly by Dan Johnson, RBI ground-rule double from Xavier Scruggs and a RBI single from Jeremy Hazelbaker extended Memphis to an 11-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

A solo homer to straight center field from Kyle Jensen in the bottom of the seventh inning cut Memphis’ lead to 11-6.

Memphis starter Nick Greenwood (13-6) got the win for Memphis, allowing five runs and six hits over 5.1 innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Dodgers starting pitcher Chris Anderson (0-3) was charged with the loss, allowing six runs and six hits over three innings. He issued five walks and recorded two strikeouts.

The pitching staffs for both squads combined to allow 15 walks in the game and the Redbirds outhit Oklahoma City, 13-9.

Dodgers infielder Buck Britton entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning for OKC and he tossed a 1-2-3 frame. He last pitched two games for Triple-A Norfolk last season, allowing one run and two hits over 2.0 innings.

Friday’s game lasted 3 hours, 16 minutes marking the longest nine-inning game of the season for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Memphis Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Tickets are available through the box office on S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by calling (405) 218-1000, or ordering through Live coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game,", or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.

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