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The Memphis Redbirds shut down the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 6-0 win Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Redbirds (72-70) scored runs over the second, third and fourth innings and sent the Dodgers to their seventh shutout loss of the season in front of a crowd of 7,578.

Memphis pitchers Arturo Reyes, Heath Wyatt and Dean Kiekhefer combined on the seven-hit shutout. Reyes (1-3) earned his first win of the season with the Redbirds, allowing five hits, four walks and recording one strikeout over six innings. Wyatt and Kiekhefer combined to hold Oklahoma City to two hits over the final three frames.

The Dodgers (85-57) suffered a second straight loss as the Redbirds took a 2-0 lead in the final regular-season series for both teams.

Memphis’ first run of the night came in the second inning.

Jeremy Hazelbaker tripled to center field to lead off the inning for the Redbirds and he then scored on a wild pitch by Julio Urias for a 1-0 Memphis lead.

The Redbirds added three runs in the top of the third inning. Dan Johnson hit a RBI double to right field. Anthony Garcia and Jacob Wilson added RBI singles later in the inning for a 4-0 Memphis advantage.

Oklahoma City threatened in the bottom of the third inning, loading the bases on three straight two-out walks issued by Memphis pitcher Arturo Reyes, but O’Koyea Dickson flied out to left field to end the inning.

In the fourth inning, a RBI single by Dan Johnson and RBI double by Anthony Garcia put Memphis ahead, 6-0. Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with a single to right field and Garcia was tagged out at home by catcher Shawn Zarraga on the throw from Elliot Johnson to avoid another Memphis run and end the top of the fourth inning.

Oklahoma City pitcher Julio Urias (0-1) made his second Triple-A start and was charged with the loss, allowing six runs and nine hits over 3.1 innings. He walked two and recorded three strikeouts.

Deck McGuire pitched the final 5.2 innings for the Dodgers and held the Redbirds scoreless the rest of the way, holding Memphis to four hits and recording six strikeouts.

Buck Britton finished the night 3-for-3 for the Dodgers with a walk, extending his season-best hitting streak to 10 games.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Memphis Redbirds at 2:05 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tomorrow is a Chaparral Energy Family Sunday with many family fun activities available, including player autographs before the game, and kids can run the bases after the game.

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