A see-saw contest featuring three lead changes and two ties resulted in the Redbirds (9-8) topping Oklahoma City 5-4 to even the series at one game each and snap Memphis' three-game losing skid.
The home club initially broke on top via single tallies in the first and fourth from Randal Grichuk's third long ball and an RBI single by Player of the Day Scott Moore that plated Oscar Taveras (lead-off single).
The RedHawks' two-run home run in the sixth off Tim Cooney tied the score at two all. That was the final inning of work for the lefty, who allowed five hits, two walks and a hit batsman through six.
Two eighth-inning runs off Sam Freeman gave the visitors the lead although only one was earned. Freeman gave up two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3 with three strikeouts.
Moore's third hit of the game was his fourth bomb of 2014, a two-run shot that brought across Joey Butler (walk) in the bottom of the eighth and made the score four all. Back-to-back doubles by Grichuk and Taveras in the home half of the ninth made a winner of Jose Almarante. The reliever stranded two of Freeman's runners in the eighth before working around a lead-off single, sac bunt and intentional free pass for a scoreless ninth.
Moore finished a triple shy of the cycle with three driven in and one scored. Two other Redbirds, Grichuk and Taveras, each had two hits and the three accounted for seven of Memphis' 10 hits.
Monday's game: vs. Oklahoma City (11-7), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (league debut)
10 tallies from the seventh onward transformed a 3-1 lead into an 11-3 rout of Springfield (8-8), preventing a four-game sweep of visiting Arkansas.
Springfield's lead was thanks, in part, to the solid pitching of Kurt Heyer, who scattered seven hits and two walks over six. Heyer held the Travelers to a solo shot in the fourth that put the visitors up 1-0. He fanned six.
The S-Cards answered with their own solo bomb in the home half of the frame, Curt Smith's first. Luis Mateo's RBI single in the sixth brought in Smith (single) and Rafael Ortega (walk), putting Springfield up 3-1. Smith had two of his team's five hits.
Called upon to hold the lead over the next three innings, the S-Cards' bullpen imploded instead. Anthony Ferrara (BS, 1) (L, 0-1), Joe Donofrio, Ryan Sherriff and Ronnie Shaban all recorded two outs with all but Sherriff yielding three tallies each.
In Donofrio's defense, his were unearned due to consecutive throwing errors by his middle infield. Donofrio permitted just one hit, all three of his runners crossing during Sherriff's watch. Two of Ferrara's three hits given up were home runs. Shaban allowed four hits and two free passes. Donofrio (one) and Danny Miranda (three) each stranded inherited runners to keep the onslaught from being even worse.
Monday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (4-12) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (league debut)
Palm Beach - off
Monday's game: Palm Beach (8-8) at St. Lucie (9-7) (NYM), Kyle Helisek (0-1, 0.71)
Peoria - off
Monday's game: Peoria (8-7) vs. Cedar Rapids (9-7) (MIN), Alex Reyes (1-0, 1.13)
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