Jon Singleton belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie in an eventual 8-6 Oklahoma City RedHawks win against the Memphis Redbirds Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The home run past the visitor's bullpen onto the berm in right field was Singleton's 14th homer of the season, and his second in six games.
He finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI, bringing his season total to 43 RBI on the season for the RedHawks (31-26).
Memphis (27-29) built an early 5-0 lead in the series opener between the teams in front of a crowd of 10,142.
A two-run double on a soft line drive to left field by Jermaine Curtis gave Memphis a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Pete Kozma connected on a RBI double, and Greg Garcia brought home another run with a single, for a 4-0 Redbirds lead. A RBI single by Curtis in the top of the third gave Memphis a 5-0 edge.
The RedHawks answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double by Kiké Hernandez, and RBI singles by Adron Chambers and Max Stassi to cut the Memphis lead to 5-3.
Oklahoma City drew three straight walks in the fourth inning. Chambers drew a bases-loaded walk from pitcher Scott McGregor to cut the Memphis lead to 5-4 in the fourth inning. Singleton came up to the plate next and drew a walk, again with the bases loaded, to tie the game. Domingo Santana followed with a RBI single to give the RedHawks a 6-5 advantage.
In the sixth inning, Redbird Audry Perez doubled and scored on a game-tying RBI single by Pete Kozma.
RedHawks starting pitcher Jake Buchanan allowed five runs on a season-high nine hits, walked one and struck out three over 5.0 innings. Reliever Jorge De Leon (1-0) earned his first win of the season with the RedHawks
Memphis loaded the bases on back-to-back walks with two outs in the eighth inning, but RedHawks pitcher Kevin Chapman struck out Scott Moore for the third out to end the threat.
Ronny Torreyes finished with a team-leading three hits for the RedHawks, who were outhit by Memphis, 13-11.
The RedHawks continue their series against Memphis with a 6:05 p.m. game Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Kids can run the bases following every Sunday home game throughout the season.