A 10-run lead nearly evaporated.
But there was still plenty of positives for the Oklahoma City RedHawks as they held off the Las Vegas 51s 13-9 Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to earn at least a split heading into Monday’s series finale.
Oklahoma City’s offense scored a season-high 13 runs and each starter had at least one hit.
Starting pitcher Jake Buchanan (6-4) even pitched seven innings, becoming just the second Oklahoma City starter to get past the fifth inning the past five games.
Still, the RedHawks had to fight off the 51s late. Las Vegas scored eight runs from the sixth to the eighth inning before Andrew Robinson retired the final four batters for his first save.
OKC’S OFFENSE CLICKS
The RedHawks led 11-1 after five innings after home runs from Kikè Hernandez and Gregorio Petit before having to add two runs late as insurance runs.
Oklahoma City scored four runs in the third for a 5-1 lead and then added six more in the fifth to chase Las Vegas starter Giancarlo Alvarado early.
“It was a good offensive effort today,” RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “I’m real happy. It’s kind of nice to see everybody contributing.”
Hernandez, Petit and Marc Krauss finished with three RBIs apiece.