Nashville, Tenn. – The Oklahoma City RedHawks (22-29) scored three early runs and held off a ninth inning charge by the Nashville Sounds (21-29) for a 3-2 win before 3,499 Monday night at Greer Stadium.
The RedHawks finished the 12-game road trip with a 5-7 record, with 2-2 series splits in Sacramento and Fresno and a 1-3 series loss at Nashville.
RedHawks reliever Wesley Wright (1-0) dealt two scoreless relief innings for the winning decision. Starter Andy Van Hekken dealt four scoreless innings in his first start of 2011. Nashville starter Sam Narron (3-2) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings for the losing decision. David Carpenter (3) allowed an inherited runner to score in the ninth inning before saving the game.
The RedHawks opened the scoring in the first inning. Tommy Manzella walked, moved to second on a Brian Bogusevic single, stole third and scored on a Max Ramirez groundout for a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning Drew Locke led off with a double before Brandon Barnes belted a home run off the scoreboard in left-centerfield, his eighth in Triple-A in 2011, opening a 3-0 score.
Nashville rallied for a pair of runs in the ninth inning, charged to reliever Fernando Abad. Brett Carroll led off with a double and scored on a Jeremy Reed double for a 3-1 score. Later, Mike Rivera singled off Carpenter with two out, bringing in Reed for a 3-2 score.
RedHawks RH Sergio Perez will face Round Rock Express RH Neil Ramirez at RedHawks Field at Bricktown Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available through the RedHawks box office at 405-218-1000 or by visiting okcredhawks.com.