NEW ORLEANS — Oklahoma City chipped away at a four-run deficit and came away with a 6-4 Pacific Coast League baseball victory over New Orleans before 1,649 fans Monday night at Zephyrs Field.
Austin Wates had three hits, scored three times and stole three bases. He hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center, that tied the game 4-4 in the seventh inning.
Max Stassi continued his hot start to the season later in the inning with a two-run double. Stassi, a catcher who is considered one of the Houston Astros’ top prospects, is batting .294 through five games.
Jon Singleton added two doubles and scored a run for Oklahoma City (3-2).
New Orleans (1-4) bounced RedHawks starting pitcher Michael Foltynewicz for four runs in the first inning. Mark Canha and Rob Brantly had two-out, solo homers for the Zephyrs, who managed just four hits the rest of the game.
Relievers Darin Downs, Rudy Owens and Jason Stoffel blanked New Orleans on no walks and five strikeouts the final 62/3 innings. Owens, who entered the game with an 11.25 earned-run average, picked up his first win of the season.
The four-game series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Right-handers Paul Clemens (0-0, 3.00) and Jake Buchanan (0-1, 6.75) will split time on the mound for Oklahoma City. Lefty Brian Flynn (0-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starter for New Orleans.