Oklahoma City scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning Saturday night and coasted to an 11-5 Pacific Coast League baseball victory over Round Rock before 5,074 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The first-place RedHawks improved to 15-8. Round Rock fell to 10-13.
AT THE PLATE
*J.B. Shuck, replacing Brian Bixler as the RedHawks' leadoff man, was 5 for 5, scored twice and drove in one run. Bixler was recalled by the Houston Astros earlier this week.
*Fernando Martinez, Scott Moore, Justin Ruggiano, Brad Snyder and Jimmy Paredes all had two hits for Oklahoma City. Both of Moore's hits were doubles, and Paredes had a two-run homer in the first inning. Martinez, Moore and Paredes each finished with three RBIs.
*Luis Hernandez homered for Round Rock, which trailed 11-2 before adding three runs in the eighth inning.
ON THE MOUND
*RedHawks starter Paul Clemens improved to 2-1 with a 2.05 earned run average. He surrendered two runs on four hits in five innings. Clemens struck out three and walked two.
*Round Rock starter Neil Ramirez fell to 2-2. He only lasted an inning as Oklahoma City hammered the Texas Rangers' top-five prospect for six runs on five hits. He also walked three before he was replaced by Aaron Heilman. Ramirez was coming off consecutive starts in which he threw six scoreless innings.
*The homestand ends with a 2:05 p.m. Sunday game against the Express. Lefty Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 1.67 ERA) will start for Oklahoma City. Right-hander Greg Reynolds (1-2, 3.00) will go for Round Rock. Oklahoma City begins a four-game set at Albuquerque on Monday.
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