The Oklahoma City RedHawks tallied 10 runs in the third and fourth innings combined on their way to a 13-6 win against the Albuquerque Isotopes Tuesday in front of 4,243 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The win gave the RedHawks (73-66) a 3-0 lead in their final home series of the regular season, as they won their fourth straight game overall.
Oklahoma City entered the game tied with Omaha for first place in the American Northern Division standings. Omaha was scheduled to play in Reno late Tuesday night.
Matt Duffy went 3-for-5 to lead the RedHawks, scored two runs and drove in two runs. He is now 14-for-26 over the last six games. Domingo Santana went 2-for-4, scored twice and had a game-high three RBI.
Joe Sclafani drew a game-high three walks to extend his on-base streak to a league season-best 40 consecutive games. The on-base streak is the longest in the PCL since 2012 when Reno's Jake Elmore reached base in 46 straight games.
Sclafani drew his first walk of the night in the first inning. He then scored on double to left field by Duffy for a 1-0 RedHawks lead.
Albuquerque's Alex Guerrero hit a home run into the RedHawks bullpen in left field to tie the game, 1-1, in the top of the second inning.
Joc Pederson, named the 2014 PCL Rookie of the Year Tuesday, doubled in the third inning, then scored on a RedHawks fielding error later in the frame to give Albuquerque (59-78) a 2-1 lead.
The RedHawks scored six times in the bottom of the third inning on six hits.
Tucker, Duffy and Santana hit three consecutive RBI singles to score three runs. An Albuquerque throwing error brought home the fourth run of the inning for the RedHawks. Carlos Perez and Max Stassi added two more RBI singles before the end of the inning for a 7-2 RedHawks advantage.
Guerrero hit his second solo homer of the night in the fourth inning to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 7-3.
RedHawks starting pitcher Alex White issued three walks in the top of the fourth inning to load the bases for Pederson, who drew a walk to bring home the Isotopes' fourth run of the night. Ross Seaton then entered the game to pitch for Oklahoma City with the bases still loaded. Seaton escaped the jam by retiring the next two Isotopes batters.
The RedHawks added four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Duffy reached on a fielding error, and the RedHawks scored their eighth run of the night on the play. Santana hit a RBI double. Andrew Aplin brought home another run on a sacrifice fly and Perez added a RBI single for an 11-4 Oklahoma City lead.
Jio Mier entered the game in the seventh inning and hit a RBI single to give Oklahoma City an eight-run lead. A sac fly by Santana in the bottom of the eighth gave the RedHawks a 13-4 advantage.
Pederson hit his league-leading 33rd homer of the season in the top of the ninth and cut Oklahoma City's lead to 13-5. Clint Robinson tripled, then scored on a wild pitch to cut Oklahoma City's lead to seven runs.
White allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits over 3.1 innings. He walked five and struck out three in a no decision. Seaton (1-1) recorded his first win of the season, holding the Isotopes to two hits over 3.2 innings.
Isotopes starting pitcher Zach Lee (7-12) was charged with the loss, allowing nine runs (four earned) and eight hits over 3.1 innings.
The RedHawks have now won 15 of their last 16 home games against the Isotopes in Bricktown.
Tuesday's win also gave the RedHawks 17 wins in August – their highest monthly win total of the season.
The RedHawks conclude their final home series of the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday against Albuquerque at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.