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OKC RedHawks: Jose Martinez's homer, single help RedHawks rally for extra-inning victory

The regular season ends with an 11:05 a.m. game Monday. Playoffs begin 7:05 p.m. Wednesday vs. Memphis or Omaha at the Brick.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 1, 2013

The Oklahoma City RedHawks came back from a four-run deficit to beat the Memphis Redbirds 5-4 in 11 innings on Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The win kept Memphis from clinching the Pacific Coast League's American Conference North Division, leaving the RedHawks' first-round playoff opponent undetermined. Oklahoma City (81-62) will either play Memphis (69-74) or Omaha (69-74) in a best-of-5 series, beginning 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Brick.


Jose Martinez had a stellar game for Oklahoma City. His bases-loaded single in the 11th drove home Jon Singleton. Martinez finished 3 for 6 with four RBIs. He sparked the RedHawks' four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a three-run, two-out homer. The second baseman has six homers this season. ... Jimmy Paredes and Carlos Perez had three hits each for OKC, which trailed 2-0 after three innings and 4-0 after 8½ innings. ... Memphis had four doubles.


Memphis starter Boone Whiting was superb. He blanked the RedHawks on six hits, a walk and three strikeouts through six innings. The Memphis bullpen imploded, however, surrendering five runs on nine hits and two walks. ... Hector Ambriz, the last of four OKC pitchers, earned his first win of the season thanks to the Hawks' 11th-inning rally. ... Newcomer Blair Walters, who started the game for the RedHawks, allowed two runs on four hits in 41/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.


Oklahoma City closes its regular season with an 11:05 a.m. game Monday at the Brick. Memphis and Omaha — which hosts Round Rock on Monday — will be playing for a postseason berth. Tickets for Monday's game, and Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs, are available at the stadium box office.


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