The Oklahoma City RedHawks' win streak was stopped at two games Thursday night. The Fresno Grizzlies scored twice with two outs in the first inning and went on to a 5-1 Pacific Coast League baseball victory before 5,923 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Oklahoma City (65-60) remained 61/2 games behind South Division-leading Albuquerque, which lost at Colorado Springs.
AT THE PLATE
Todd Linden's two-out, two-run double in the first inning gave Fresno all it needed. He plated Francisco Peguero, who had doubled, and Brett Pill, who was hit by a Rudy Owens pitch. Peguero and Pill helped account for the Grizzlies' three runs in the ninth inning — all coming with two outs. Peguero picked up an easy RBI when he walked with the bases loaded. Pill added a two-run single. ... The RedHawks scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Downs, who singled and went to third on a J.D. Martinez hit, scored on a two-out passed ball.
ON THE MOUND
Fresno starting pitcher Jason Stevenson (5-6) was strong through five innings. He held OKC to two hits and no walks while striking out two. ... Owens was not so bad for the RedHawks. He gave up two runs on five hits in 52/3 innings. Owens walked two and struck out two. Often times this season, allowing just two runs was enough to win. But Oklahoma City's once-potent offense is batting just .248 over the last 19 games. RedHawks reliever Garrett Mock gave up all three runs in the ninth inning — but he retired three batters on strikeouts.
Oklahoma City closes an eight-day homestand with a 7:05 p.m. Friday game against Fresno (65-60). Ross Seaton (0-1, 3.71 ERA) is OKC's scheduled starter. Boof Bonser (0-2, 6.92) will start for Fresno. The RedHawks will begin an eight-game road trip against stragglers Round Rock and Iowa, before returning to The Brick for what might be a big series against Albuquerque.