NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The New Orleans Zephyrs took advantage of two Nashville errors and eight walks to defeat the Sounds 6-3 on Friday night at Greer Stadium.
The Sounds outhit the Zephyrs 13-5, but New Orleans (34-35) get its second consecutive win to inch back toward .500.
The Zephyrs sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning and scored four runs on two hits. Donovan Solano and Kevin Kouzmanoff each drove in a run as the Zephyrs erased an early 2-0 deficit.
The Z’s scored a run in the fifth inning without a hit. Gorkys Hernandez walked, stole second base and advanced to third on a groundout. Kouzmanoff drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly and the Zephyrs extended their lead to 5-2.
New Orleans’ Jake Smolinski led off the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season.
Matt Neil earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on 10 hits. Chris Narveson, on a major league rehab assignment, got the loss. Narveson pitched 4.2 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits with five walks.
The Sounds rallied in the ninth, scoring a run on three hits, but Chris Hatcher came in and struck out Blake Davis for his league-leading 21st save.
The Zephyrs, who play Nashville again at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, turned a pair of double plays and now have 69 on the season, third most in the league.