LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Each Memphis Redbirds (68-39) position player starter had at least one of the team’s 16 hits, powering a 9-4 win at the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nev.
Lane Thomas, Adolis Garcia, and Carson Kelly had three-hit games, and Alex Mejia and Wilfredo Tovar had two-hit outings. In his Triple-A debut, Thomas was 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI. Kelly had his second-straight three-hit game and finished 3-for-4 with a double, two walks, and two RBI. Garcia drove in three on his 19th home run of the year.
Memphis got off to a hot start, with Rangel Ravelo homering in the first inning and four runs crossing the plate in the second to provide a 5-0 lead after an-inning-and-a-half. Thomas singled home Edmundo Sosa in the second, and Garcia clubbed a three-run shot to give the five-run lead.
Garcia has five home runs in his last four games and seven in the last seven overall.
Las Vegas got two back in the bottom of the third, but Memphis answered right back with two of its own coming on a two-run Kelly single. The two teams traded single runs in the next three half-innings, and Memphis added another tally in the top of the seventh to make the score 9-4.
Tommy Layne tossed 1.1 solid innings of relief following Kevin Herget, allowing one run with two strikeouts. Matt Bowman fired a scoreless bottom of the eighth, and Andrew Morales worked around a pair of walks to finish the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
Herget worked 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, and he struck out four. He improved to 8-7 on the season.
The Redbirds play one final game in Las Vegas tomorrow night at 9:05 (CT) before returning to AutoZone Park for seven games starting on Wednesday. For more information on single-game tickets, visitwww.memphisredbirds.com.