After two consecutive late-inning victories, the Tulsa Drillers decided to put Sunday night's game in the bag a bit sooner.
Boosted by a five-run sixth inning, the Drillers defeated the Midland RockHounds 10-6 in front of 3,904 fans at ONEOK Field.
Tim Sexton picked up the win for Tulsa, while Ian Krol took the loss for Midland.
The Drillers did an excellent job of getting timely hits, leaving just one runner on base all night, and hitting a very efficient 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Midland, on the other hand, left eight runners on base and hit just 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The RockHounds also failed to capitalize on three Tulsa errors.
Midland got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, and immediately putting Tulsa in a hole. The Drillers countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame on a Angelys Nina homer to left field.
The RoundHounds kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs in the third and one in the fourth to establish a 6-1 lead.
Tulsa was forced to draw upon the fight that had led to their past two victories, and the team responded quickly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the score to 6-3.
After a three up, three down inning for Midland, the Drillers once again put up two runs to cut the lead to a single run. Midland once again failed to produce a baserunner in the sixth, setting the stage for the Drillers' big inning.
The five Tulsa runs came on five hits, with the big ones being a two-RBI single from Tim Torres and a two-RBI double Corey Dickerson.
From there it was all about the Drillers' pitching, as the staff limited the RockHounds to a single hit and one walk after the fourth inning.
The two teams tangle in the series finale tomorrow evening at ONEOK Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.