The Iowa Cubs tied up their current series against the Oklahoma City RedHawks with an 8-5 win Friday and ended the RedHawks' five-game winning streak in front of a crowd of 8,807 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Iowa (64-57) extended to a three-game lead over the RedHawks (61-60) in the American Northern Division standings with the win in the second meeting of a five-game set between the teams.
The I-Cubs scored first, and the RedHawks tied up the game in the second inning before Iowa took the lead for good in the third inning.
Oklahoma City went on to outhit Iowa, 13-11, with four RedHawks finishing with two hits each.
Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler started his rehab assignment Friday with the RedHawks and went 2-for-3 with two singles. He also drove in one run, playing as the designated hitter. He has been on the Disabled List since June 27 with a right intercostal strain.
In the top of the second inning, Rafael Lopez connected on a line drive single to right field with the bases loaded and two outs to bring home two runs for a 2-0 Iowa lead.
With runners at second and third and Jio Mier batting, a passed ball by Lopez allowed Matt Duffy to score the first run of the night for the RedHawks in the bottom of the second inning. Mier then connected on a two-out RBI single to bring home Andrew Aplin and knot the game, 2-2.
Jorge Solar hit a two-run homer over the RedHawks bullpen in left field to put Iowa ahead, 4-2, in the top of the third inning.
Ronny Torreyes doubled to lead off the bottom of the third inning. Fowler then connected on his second hit in as many at-bats, a RBI single on a soft line drive to left field, to score Torreyes and cut Iowa's lead to 4-3.
The I-Cubs added three runs in the top of the fifth inning. A RBI double by Mike Olt gave Iowa a 5-3 lead. With the bases loaded, Elliot Soto hit a RBI single before Lopez drew a bases-loaded walk to put Iowa in front, 7-3.
A RBI double by Solar in the top of the sixth inning gave Iowa a five-run lead.
Carlos Perez replaced Fowler in the eighth inning and led off with a double. He scored on a double to center field by Preston Tucker to cut Iowa's lead to 8-4. A RBI groundout by Andrew Aplin cut Iowa's lead to three runs.
RedHawks pitcher Nick Tropeano (7-5) was charged with the loss. He gave up seven runs on six hits, walked four and struck out six.
The RedHawks continue their five-game series against the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.