METAIRIE, La. - Third baseman Scott Moore homered twice as the Memphis Redbirds lost to the division-rival New Orleans Zephyrs by a 6-4 margin in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night at Zephyr Field.
Hitting his 11th and 12th long balls in the defeat, Moore (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 R) has now gone yard twice in a game on three occasions this season and eighth times during his 13-year professional career.
Catcher Ed Easley (1-for-3) singled in the ninth to bring his season-best hitting streak to 11 games.
In his Triple-A debut, left-hander Marco Gonzales (0-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings for the loss. The left-hander walked two, struck out three, and threw 42 of his 75 pitches for strikes. Gonzales also went deep in his first Triple-A at-bat, his only plate appearance of the night.
Jake Marisnick welcomed Gonzales to the Pacific Coast League with a leadoff homer to left center field in the bottom of the first. It was his seventh homer of the season.
New Orleans tacked on three more runs with two outs in the next inning on a wild pitch and two RBI singles. Gonzales threw 36 pitches in the inning.
A pair of Redbirds solo home runs in the third cut deficit in half at 4-2, beginning with Gonzales homering in his first Triple-A at-bat. It was the first home run by a pitcher since Mitchell Boggs went yard on July 9, 2009 vs. Albuquerque. Two batters later, Moore jacked a two-out, solo shot down the right field line.
New Orleans got a run back in the fifth for a 5-2 lead, as Kyle Jensen singled to advance his hitting streak to nine games. Jensen moved to third on a Juan Diaz single and came home to score as Josh Rodriguez grounded into a double play.
Memphis brought the New Orleans lead back to two runs at 5-3 in sixth as Moore singled, moved to third on Stephen Piscotty's team-leading 26th double, and scored on a Tommy Pham groundout.
A Josh Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the eighth accounted for New Orleans' final run.
New Orleans starter Alex Sanabia (4-3) allowed three runs over six frames for the win.
The Redbirds and Zephyrs continue with the second game of a three-game series at 6 pm on Saturday night at Zephyr Field. Right-hander Zach Petrick (4-4, 5.06) will toe the rubber for Memphis and Marlins top prospect and left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-0, 2.74).