OKC RedHawks: Manny Ramirez drives in winning run as Iowa tops OKC

The Iowa Cubs defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks 5-4 behind a Manny Ramirez RBI single in the eighth inning on Sunday in front of 4,773 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
From Staff Reports Modified: July 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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photo - Iowa's Manny Ramirez (44) bats during a minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs in Oklahoma City, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Iowa's Manny Ramirez (44) bats during a minor league baseball game between the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Iowa Cubs in Oklahoma City, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The Iowa Cubs defeated the Oklahoma City RedHawks 5-4 behind a Manny Ramirez RBI single in the eighth inning on Sunday in front of 4,773 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Ramirez hit a grounder up the middle to bring home Chris Valaika for Iowa’s decisive run.

Iowa (48-41) salvaged the final game of the weekend series after Oklahoma City (47-44) defeated the Cubs on Friday and Saturday. The loss snapped a three-game home winning streak for the RedHawks, and a streak of seven straight over Iowa.

Robbie Grossman had season-high four hits for Oklahoma City, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.

Kris Bryant, who was selected second overall in the 2013 MLB draft, put Iowa in front 2-1 with a two-run homer in the second inning.

Oklahoma City tied the game at four in the bottom of the seventh before Ramirez put Iowa in front for good.

Armando Rivero (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. Zac Rosscup escaped trouble in the ninth inning to record the final three outs and earn his second save of the season.

RedHawks starter Rudy Owens pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and received a no decision. Reliever Alex White (1-2) was charged with the loss.

The RedHawks’ homestand continues as they open a four-game series against New Orleans at 7:05 p.m. Monday.