MEMPHIS — Jon Singleton and Enrique Hernandez hit two-run homers Monday afternoon, leading the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 6-4 victory over the Memphis Redbirds in Pacific Coast League baseball. A crowd of 4,468 watched Oklahoma City win for the third time during the four-game set, improving their first-place record to 29-23.
Singleton’s team-best 13th homer came in the third inning, giving Oklahoma City a 3-0 lead. Hernandez, who homered in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Redbirds, added his third home run of the season in the fifth inning. That gave the RedHawks a 6-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Paul Clemens and reliever Alex White cruised through Memphis’ lineup. Clemens allowed just three hits and no walks in five innings. White added two innings of one-hit baseball. But an OKC error contributed to Memphis scoring three unearned runs in its four-run eighth inning.
Memphis (24-27) threatened again in the ninth inning. Randal Grichuk and Oscar Tavares walked with two outs, before closer Jason Stoffel was brought in to face Stephen Piscotty. Stoffel retired the .298 hitter on a second-pitch pop to end the game and record his fifth save of the season.
Oklahoma City returns to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday to begin an eight-game homestand against Omaha and Memphis. The game Tuesday will also mark the season-debut of Hawks manager Tony DeFrancesco, who has spent the past six weeks receiving treatment for cancer.