ROUND ROCK, Texas — Texas Rangers pitching prospect Martin Perez had an exceptional outing Monday night to help Round Rock defeat Oklahoma City 2-1 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 8,085 fans at The Dell Diamond.
The 21-year-old lefty threw a complete game, needing just 97 pitches (71 for strikes), to dispatch an Oklahoma City team trying to remain in the Southern Division championship race. Perez, who has pitched some this season for the Rangers, gave up six hits, walked none and struck out five. He improved to 7-6 as a last-place Round Rock club avoided a third consecutive loss to the RedHawks.
Round Rock (60-70) scored both of its runs against RedHawks starter Brett Oberholtzer, who threw a decent 72/3 innings. Oberholtzer gave up 10 hits, but he only walked one and struck out seven.
Oklahoma City (68-61) scored its only run in the sixth inning on Jimmy Paredes' single. Paredes moved into scoring position by stealing second base with two outs. But Matt Downs ended the inning with an infield pop.
The RedHawks lost their first game under new manager Tom Lawless, who joined the team Monday. Lawless is replacing Tony DeFrancesco, who was promoted Sunday as the Houston Astros' interim manager. Lawless has been a roving infield instructor this season for the Astros.
The RedHawks and Express wrap up the four-game series at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday. Rudy Owens (0-2, 5.53 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Oklahoma City.