NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Memphis Redbirds handed the cross-state rival Nashville Sounds a 1-0 shutout defeat behind an Oscar Taveras home run and five shutout innings from John Gast in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium.
The shutout victory was Memphis' PCL-leading fifth of the season and fourth involving Gast as the starting pitcher.
Gast (3-0) extended his Redbirds record of consecutive scoreless frames to 29 2/3 innings to begin the 2013 campaign. While also fanning seven, the left-hander retired 15 of 19 batters faced, yielding two hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch.
Taveras' second homer of the season in the top of the third was all Memphis would need on the afternoon. The big fly off Mike Fiers came with two outs in the frame, and was the first in the last six games by the Redbirds.
Victor Marte stranded the tying run at second base while converting the two-inning save, his fifth of the season.
Fiers (0-1) allowed one run (home run) on six hits with three strikeouts in a seven-inning complete-game loss.