The Nashville Sounds dropped their second straight game to the cross-state rival Memphis Redbirds on Monday evening, falling 8-1 at Greer Stadium.
Memphis starter Clayton Mortensen (2-1) picked up the win following a solid performance from the hill. He allowed one unearned run on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings.
The Sounds did not produce an extra-base hit in the contest and finished 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Brad Nelson and Laynce Nix each turned in 2-for-4 evenings to pace the Nashville offense.
Derrick Turnbow started for Nashville and struck out the side while walking a batter in his scoreless inning of work. Rehabbing right-hander Randy Choate followed with two innings of hitless work. He has worked four scoreless frames in two appearances for the Sounds.
Left-hander Chris Narveson took over in the fourth and was greeted by a Colby Rasmus solo homer to center, the Memphis outfielder’s 11th roundtripper of the year and the first hit by either team all evening.
The Sounds made it a 1-1 game in the bottom of the frame when Tony Gwynn singled with one out, advanced to second on a Mortensen wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball charged to Redbirds catcher Bryan Anderson.
Memphis left fielder Shane Robinson kept it a tie game later in the inning when he robbed Nelson of a home run with a leaping catch at the wall.
The Redbirds grabbed a 6-1 lead with a five-run sixth against Narveson. Mortensen and Brian Barden opened the frame with back-to-back walks before Joe Mather loaded the bases with a one-out single. Josh Phelps gave the visitors a 2-1 lead when he delivered a RBI single to left. David Freese followed with an RBI infield single to double the lead. Two batters later, Jarrett Hoffpauir lifted a three-run double to the wall in right-center to make it a five-run game.
Memphis tacked on an unearned run against Zach Jackson in the eighth on Anderson’s two-out RBI single before finishing up the night’s scoring in the top of the ninth when Phelps ripped a two-out RBI double to right-center, bringing the score to its final 8-1.
Narveson (2-9) took the loss for Nashville after giving up six runs on six hits while striking out seven batters in his four innings of relief work.
A pair of Sounds hitting streaks came to a close in the contest as Hernan Iribarren went 0-for-4 to snap the club’s longest active streak at eight games and Chris Woodward saw his seven-gamer come to a close following an 0-for-3 evening.
The teams wrap up the series with a 7 p.m. finale on Tuesday evening. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Eric Gagne will start for the Sounds in his first rehab appearance with the club while recovering from rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder. He will be followed by right-hander Richie Gardner (6-2, 3.80). Memphis will counter with a yet to be determined pitcher.