Paul Clemens didn't allow an earned run through 6 2/3 innings, and the Oklahoma City RedHawks pounded out 11 hits to post a 5-1 win over Albuquerque Saturday night in front of 9,410 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Extending their home winning streak to 14 games, the RedHawks lead Albuquerque by five games in the American Southern division with 16 games remaining.
OCU product Ruben Sosa and catcher Carlos Perez had two RBIs each for the RedHawks. Perez's bloop double drove in the tying and go-ahead runs to highlight a three-run fourth. Sosa tacked on an RBI single in the fourth and added a sacrifice fly in a two-run eighth.
Clemens, who has spent most of the season with the Houston Astros, improved to 3-1.
SPRINGER A SEPTEMBER CALL-UP?
If the Astros don't promote RedHawks star center fielder George Springer when rosters expand in September, it's not because they would be concerned how Springer might fare in the majors.
The organization currently is evaluating outfielders Robbie Grossman and Brandon Barnes in addition to L.J. Hoes, obtained in a trade with Baltimore last month.
“Obviously anyone would want to get to the big leagues to get a taste of it,” said Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, who is in OKC this weekend. “But Springer is the kind of player when he gets to the big leagues, more than likely he's not coming back.
“We want to make sure it's the right time. If he comes up, we want him to play every day. A lot goes into the decision.”
Springer is hitting a combined .304 in Double-A and Triple-A with 34 homers, 39 stolen bases, 97 runs scored and 99 RBIs.
“We have not made that (September promotion) decision, but we're so delighted with the progress he's made,” Luhnow said. “The results are amazing. He's proved he can be a core part of the Astros moving forward.”
OKC CHANGING DIVISIONS IN 2014
With El Paso joining the Pacific Coast League next season, league officials announced Oklahoma City will move to the American Northern division in 2014, along with Colorado Springs, Iowa and Omaha.
Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans and Round Rock will make up the American Southern division. Fresno, Reno, Sacramento and Tacoma will be in the Pacific Northern division. Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Salt Lake and El Paso will make up the Pacific Southern division.
R.A. DICKEY BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT
The first 2,000 fans at Saturday's game received R.A. Dickey bobbleheads in a RedHawks uniform.
Dickey is 70-67 in 11 major league seasons. The 38-year-old right-hander revived his career as a knuckleballer in Oklahoma City, going 19-14 with the RedHawks in 2005 and 2006.
In the third game of a five-game series Sunday at 6:05 p.m., the RedHawks will start right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (7-6, 3.51) against Albuquerque right-hander Matt Palmer (6-6, 3.63).