MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Arturo Reyes retired the final 13 batters he faced in his first start back from missing 31 games due to injury, and Anthony Garcia and David Washington homered to power a 5-1 Memphis win over the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A Cubs) Sunday night at AutoZone Park.
The win was Memphis' (49-51) eighth-straight at home. Reyes gave up one run on three hits in 5.0 innings, and he struck out four and did not issue a walk. Thomas Lee relieved Reyes and retired the first four he faced, meaning the Redbirds set down 17 Cubs in a row from the end of the first through the start of the seventh.
Iowa (43-59) scored its only run of the game in the top of the first, which came after a Mark Zagunis triple. The Redbirds answered right back in the bottom of the first on Garcia's home run, which was his first in Triple-A since May 25.
Jacob Wilson walked with one out in the fourth, moved to third on a Matt Williams double and scored on a Reyes base knock through a drawn-in infield to make it 3-1.
In the seventh, Charlie Tilson singled to start the inning and scored on Washington's 23rd home run between Memphis and Double-A Springfield, which leads the Cardinals organization. Josh Lucas walked the first batter he faced in the ninth but got a popout and a double play to end the game.
Efren Navarro was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and he has now hit in eight-straight games. With his double in the fourth, Williams has now had a hit in 18 of the last 21 games.
Garcia ended the night with three hits. One day after all 12 Redbird position players had a hit in a doubleheader, seven of eight starting position players had at least one knock Sunday night, and so did the starting pitcher.
The series with Iowa concludes tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. (CT), and the Redbirds welcome Oklahoma City to AutoZone Park Tuesday-Friday.
It is another All-You-Can-Eat Thursday this week, which features hot dogs with a special ticket purchase. On Friday, the first 1,500 fans will receive a replica of the St. Louis Cardinals' 1926 World Series ring, and fans may also purchase a Theme Ticket that includes a camouflage Redbirds hat.
For tickets or for more information on the 2016 Redbirds season, contact the Redbirds front office at (901) 721-6000 or visit www.memphisredbirds.com.