PAPILLION, Neb. — Fernando Martinez homered in the 10th inning, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks completed a ferocious comeback Tuesday afternoon for a 7-6 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of 5,074 at Werner Park.
Oklahoma City (56-40) trailed 6-2 after five innings before Brett Wallace hit a three-run homer in the sixth and Jimmy Paredes' RBI single in the seventh scored Brandon Barnes, who tripled, to tie the game.
That set up the extra-inning heroics of Martinez's 10th homer this season.
The RedHawks' bullpen was flawless, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Four relievers combined to allow just four hits and no walks while striking out six.
Juan Abreu (2-2) earned the win, pitching 2 1/3 innings and retiring seven of the eight batters he faced. David Carpenter pitched around Derrick Robinson's single in the bottom of the 10th for his third save.
Jeremy Jeffress (4-4) suffered the loss for Omaha (58-39). Doug Davis started and allowed five earned runs in six innings.
The RedHawks and Storm Chasers continue their series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.
Notes: The Houston Astros are thinking about moving Paredes to the outfield, the Houston Chronicle reported. Houston has All-Star Jose Altuve at second base now, so Paredes' path to the majors is somewhat blocked. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told the newspaper, “We don't want to just guess what the future holds and switch him around, but it's possible that the second half of the season he's going to be seeing some time in the outfield as well.” ... Luhnow also reiterated to the Chronicle that Wallace is likely to be up in the majors at some point soon and “spend the vast majority of the remainder of the season in Houston.”
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