BEES 9, REDHAWKS 3
Salt Lake City, the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A affiliate, scored three runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth to rally for a 9-3 win in front of 4,306 fans Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Bees 33-year-old designated hitter Brad Hawpe, who slammed 118 homers for the Colorado Rockies earlier in his career, went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Hawpe's two-run single highlighted a three-run eighth. Hawpe added a three-run homer in the Bees' five-run ninth.
The RedHawks compiled only five hits but led 3-1 heading into the eighth on a Brandon Laird RBI double in the first, Marc Krauss' RBI single in the fifth and Che-Hsuan Lin manufacturing a run in the sixth.
COSART PITCHES WELL
RedHawks starter Jarred Cosart was in position to pick up his fifth win but received a no-decision when the Bees scored a combined eight runs off Oklahoma City relievers Kevin Chapman and Rhiner Cruz.
Cosart went six innings. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed only two hits and one run to lower his ERA to 2.08. With four more strikeouts, Cosart has 43 strikeouts in 39 innings.
SHORT HOPS ...
The RedHawks lead the Pacific Coast League with 55 stolen bases, including 34 in the last 15 games. ... The Astros own the majors' worst record, but their full-season minor league affiliates own the best overall organization record (84-56). Every Houston minor league team has posted at least 20 wins. ... The RedHawks will have played 24 of their last 32 games at home but will take a 12-game road trip after the current eight-game homestand ends Tuesday with an 11 a.m. matinee.
The RedHawks will start right-hander Brad Peacock (0-0, 6.00) against Salt Lake right-hander Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 4.27) Monday at 7:05 p.m. in the third game of a four-game series.
BY MIKE BALDWIN