Oklahoma City scored three runs in the first inning to take control early before holding off Memphis in the ninth inning. The RedHawks jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before surviving a four-run rally in the ninth by the Redbirds.
The RedHawks led 5-0 entering the ninth inning.
AT THE PLATE
Both Brad Snyder and Landon Powell drove in two runs for the RedHawks. Snyder tripled in two runs in the fifth, while Powell drove in two with a single to left field in the first. Mike Hessman, who was 2 for 4 with two runs, also had an RBI single in the first.
Steven Hill and Matt Adams each homered in the ninth for Memphis. Adams' was a pinch-hit, three-run shot to right field and was also his third in as many games.
ON THE MOUND
Tulsa Kelley product Dallas Keuchel picked up his first win with the RedHawks, holding Memphis scoreless for six innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out three. Juan Abreu picked up the save despite allowing four runs in the ninth inning.
Joe Kelly lasted just four innings for the RedBirds, allowing three runs on five hits.
The teams conclude their four-game series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Jordan Lyles will face Memphis' Shelby Miller in a battle of top pitching prospects.
The RedHawks host the Nashville Sounds on Monday at 7:05 p.m. to kick off a four-game series.
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