The Oklahoma City RedHawks never could catch up with the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Omaha (43-36) speedy center fielder Paulo Orlando opened the second with an inside-the-park home run that sparked a 7-2 victory to send the RedHawks to a season-high five-game losing streak in front of 6,054 fans.
Oklahoma City (42-39) is now two games behind the Storm Chasers in the American Northern Division.
Orlando, who also scored another run in the seventh inning, also stole two bases. He was just one of many thorns for the RedHawks, too.
Catcher Francisco Pena finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 4 for 5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. He had a chance for the triple with two outs in the ninth, but he grounded out to second base.
The RedHawks cut their deficit to 2-1 in the second when Marc Krauss scored on a wild pitch. Gregorio Petit also drove in a run with a single in the fifth.
MORTENSEN STIFLES REDHAWKS
Omaha pitcher Clayton Mortensen lowered his ERA to 0.99 after allowing two earned runs in 51/3 innings.
He improved to 3-0, but it was also the Storm Chasers’ bullpen that proved stifling, as Tim Collins and Chris Dwyer threw 32/3 shutout innings.
Oklahoma City starter Mike Foltynewicz (6-5) allowed four earned runs over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
DEFRANCESCO MISSES GAME
RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco did not arrive at the ballpark until late in the game due to inclement weather delaying his flight from Houston.