Travis Tartamella hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Memphis Redbirds a 5-4 walk-off win over the New Orleans Zephyrs in a twin bill finale on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park, completing a doubleheader sweep.
In the first game, the Redbirds erupted for nine runs in the first two innings against Zephyrs starter Doug Mathis, who entered the day with a 2.50 ERA, fourth-best in the Pacific Coast League, and had gone 18 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
The Redbirds batted around for a 4-0 advantage in the first inning. With Chad Huffman and Kolten Wong on base, Oscar Taveras blasted a two-run double to right field. Three batters later after a Jermaine Curtis walk, Greg Garcia followed with an RBI double to center. The scoring concluded as Rob Johnson reached on a fielding error, which brought home Curtis.
Matt Downs put New Orleans on the board with a two-run double in the second inning, but Memphis responded with five more runs in the bottom of the inning. Huffman led off with his sixth home run of the season, Garcia drove in two runs with his second double of the day and Johnson crushed a three-run homer, his seventh of the year.
Boone Whiting (4-1) hurled a seven-inning, complete-game for the victory, allowing two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts. The complete-game was Whiting's first of his career.
Mathis (2-5) allowed nine runs - eight earned - in four innings. He struck out five and walked four.
Memphis again struck for a quick lead in the nightcap, courtesy of Huffman's two-out RBI single and a passed ball. The Zephyrs came back with a run in the second on a double by Ryan Goetz, but the Z's could not further capitalize as Redbirds starter Richard Castillo struck out the side with runners at second and third.
Jamir Romak belted a two-run homer the following inning to extend the Memphis lead to 4-1. It was Romak's fifth home run of the season against New Orleans pitching, and his 12th overall.
The Z's rallied to tie the game in the sixth, loading the bases with one out against reliever Michael Blazek before Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in a pair with a single. After Blazek fanned Kyle Skipworth for the second out, Chris Gutierrez stroked a single to right to score the tying run.
Z's reliever Rett Varner stranded the potential go-ahead run at third base in the bottom of the sixth, but could not escape the winning rally in the seventh. He walked leadoff hitter Brock Peterson, then was removed after a sacrifice bunt. Jonathan Albaladejo allowed a single to Ryan Jackson to put runners at the corners, then struck out Tavares for the second out, but Tartamella laced the first pitch he saw into left-center field for the game winner.
Victor Marte (1-0) was credited with the win after pitching a scoreless inning of relief, while Varner (0-1) suffered the loss.
The Zephyrs and Redbirds resume the series on Wednesday at 7 p.m.