DES MOINES, Iowa — Aneury Rodriguez returned to the starting rotation for the first time in two weeks Thursday night and helped the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 3-1 Pacific Coast League baseball victory over the Iowa Cubs before 6,407 fans at Principal Park.
Rodriguez threw five innings in his first start since June 2, against Iowa, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. On Thursday, he allowed a run on eight hits. Rodriguez walked just one and struck out four, although he did not get a decision. He left with the RedHawks trailing 1-0, and reliever Sergio Perez (2-1) ended up as the winner after Oklahoma City tied it in the sixth inning and took the lead for good in the seventh.
Perez and Mickey Storey combined to blank the Cubs on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Storey bagged his first save of the season.
Jimmy Paredes and Landon Powell, who were selected to the PCL All-Star Team on Thursday had an RBI each, and hot-hitting Brett Wallace added another.
Paredes led the RedHawks (46-34) with two hits.
Matt Tolbert had four of the Cubs' 12 hits. The shortstop fell a homer shy of the cycle. Tolbert scored Iowa's only run.
The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Paul Clemens (8-6, 6.19 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Oklahoma City. Iowa (33-48) is set to go with Rodrigo Lopez (1-3, 4.50).
*The RedHawks placed closer Jose Valdez on the disabled list, retroactive to June 27. The team did not specify an injury. ... The Hawks' parent team, the Houston Astros, sent infielder Marwin Gonzalez to Oklahoma City on a medical rehabilitation assignment. Gonzalez has played in 37 games this season for the Astros, batting .261.