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.
The RedHawks finish their eight-game homestand Monday against Las Vegas’ Noah Syndergaard, the New York Mets’ top pitching prospect.
Syndergaard (5-3, 4.47 ERA) has been on the disabled list with a sprained A/C joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder, an injury he suffered during a tag play at home plate on June 5.
That play happened during his first game back from another DL stint due to a strained flexor-pronator in his throwing elbow.
The RedHawks’ scheduled starter is right-hander Nick Tropeano (4-4, 2.31), who threw seven strong innings against Salt Lake last Monday for the victory.
A win would give Oklahoma City a series victory and 5-3 record on the homestand.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The teams combined for five errors, with Oklahoma City making three. Preston Tucker accounted for two in his Triple-A debut at first base. … Matt Duffy pinch-hit for Krauss in the eighth inning after Krauss fouled a pitch off his shin. Duffy singled to center to score Domingo Santana. … The Astros recalled right-hander Paul Clemens to replace Josh Fields, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and signed former closer Jose Veras to a minor-league contract. … Las Vegas’ Travis d’Arnaud hit a three-run homer in the sixth. He has homered in each game this series.