ROUND ROCK, Texas - Randal Grichuk homered twice and Harrison Bader went deep once, and the Memphis Redbirds got 6.0 solid innings from Marco Gonzales in a 7-3 win over the Round Rock Express (Rangers) Sunday afternoon in Round Rock, Texas.
Grichuk homered in the first and fifth innings for the Redbirds (42-27), and Bader added an eighth-inning shot for his second home run in two games this series. Grichuk scored three runs in the game, and Patrick Wisdom and Alberto Rosario each added two hits for Memphis. Round Rock (34-36) made four errors in the game.
Gonzales allowed one run on five hits in 6.0 innings to move to 2-3 on the season. He struck out four and walked two in his first appearance since making a spot start for St. Louis as part of a doubleheader. Mark Montgomery was solid in 2.0 innings of relief following Gonzales and lowered his season ERA to 2.17.
Memphis had a 7-1 lead until the Express scored two runs off Ryan Sherriff in the bottom of the ninth, but Sherriff finished the job and improved the Redbirds to 15 games over .500 on the year.
A three-run Redbird fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled Memphis to a lead it would not relinquish.
Memphis and Round Rock continue their four-game series with 7:05 p.m. games tomorrow and Tuesday, before the Redbirds head to Omaha for four games Thursday-Sunday.
Next Games at AutoZone Park
The upcoming homestand (June 26-July 3) features:
Tuesday, June 27 (7:05 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night
Thursday, June 29 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday, featuring breakfast foods, Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets available for college students with a valid college ID
Friday, June 30 (7:05 p.m.): Memphis Chicks Night, featuring 2017 Hall of Fame inductee and former Memphis Chick Tim Raines (private meet-and-greet specialty ticket available), Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 1 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks, Carlos Martinez/Matt Carpenter Dual Bobblehead specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza with a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 2 (2:05 p.m.): Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream to the first 2,500 kids ages 12 and under upon entering, Kids Run the Bases after the game, pregame player autographs inside the main gates (subject to change or cancellation)
Monday, July 3 (6:35 p.m.): Independence Day postgame fireworks, presented by AutoZone
For information on upcoming promotions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/promotions. For more information on single-game tickets and ticket mini-memberships, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.
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