MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The Memphis Redbirds (18-17) fell behind 7-0 to the Iowa Cubs (Cubs) Friday night at AutoZone Park, and despite scoring the next four runs came up short in the series finale, 7-4.
The first-place Cubs (24-11) picked up their 10th win in their last 11 games.
Genesis Cabrera struck out nine in 6.0 innings in a start, but he was hampered by allowing three first-inning runs and four more in the third. But after that, the left-hander kept the Cubs scoreless for his final 3.0 innings of work and retired eight of the final nine men he faced.
Memphis got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Drew Robinson picked up an RBI single before Tyler O'Neill added a two-run base hit of his own to make the score 7-3.
Carlos Martinez followed Cabrera out of the bullpen with his second injury rehabilitation appearance in Memphis, and he got two strikeouts in a quick seventh inning. He tossed nine-of-11 pitches for strikes.
Memphis got its fourth run in the bottom of the eighth, with pinch-hitter Adolis Garcia walking, moving to third on a Ramon Urias single, and scoring when Lane Thomas reached on an error on a ground ball to the right side.
After Martinez' outing, Chris Ellis and Chris Beck worked the last two innings in scoreless fashion to help the Redbirds keep Iowa at bay and set up the potential comeback.
But Memphis went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to seal the ballgame.
Six different Redbirds had one of the team's six hits in the game.
The Redbirds now turn their attention to the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), who are in town tomorrow through Tuesday with tomorrow's series opener set for 6:35 p.m.
Upcoming Games of Note at AutoZone Park
Saturday, May 11 at 6:35: Terminix Saturday Fireworks Show after the game, free "I Love Memphis Redbirds" t-shirt to the first 1,000 fans courtesy of Memphis Tourism and Memphis Sports Council
Sunday, May 12 at 2:05: Papa John's Mother's Day with a brunch and catch on the field specialty ticket available at www.memphisredbirds.com/mothersday, kids and moms run the bases after the game, Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday (free ice cream for kids upon entering), pregame autographs presented by Allegiant Air
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