MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Nick Additon pitched seven scoreless innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as Memphis blanked Omaha 4-0 Tuesday night in the last of a five-game series at AutoZone Park.
Memphis not only pulled within three games of the first-place Storm Chasers in the Pacific Coast League's American Conference North, the Redbirds also won the season-series 9-7 to give themselves the advantage if a tiebreaker is needed to determine the division champion and playoff participant.
Omaha (65-66) won the first three games of the series to cut its magic number — the combination of Omaha wins and Memphis losses needed to clinch the division title — to 11. But two days later, it's still at 11.
There are 13 games left in the season. Omaha returns home to Werner Park on Wednesday to open a five-game series with New Orleans at 7:05 p.m.
Omaha also has a four-game series at third-place Iowa, which won Tuesday and moved back within six games of first, before wrapping up the regular season with a four-game home series with Round Rock. Memphis (62-69) plays its final 13 games on the road.
Omaha starter John Lamb (0-2), a top Kansas City prospect, made his second Class AAA start and allowed three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two.
Additon (9-7) allowed only two hits, walked two, struck out seven and didn't permit a runner to advance past first base in extending his scoreless innings streak over two starts against the Chasers to 14.
Keith Butler worked the eighth inning and Sam Freeman retired the side in order in the ninth. Omaha has no hits in 11 innings this season against Freeman.
Omaha was shut out for the fifth time — three of which have been against Memphis.
Memphis rallied with two outs for two first-inning runs, as Brock Peterson and Jamie Romak singled ahead of Chad Huffman's two-run double.
The Redbirds didn't get another hit until Travis Tartamella led off the fifth with a double, moved to third on a Mike O'Neill single and scored when Ryan Jackson grounded into a double play.
Buddy Baumann took over in the seventh and was aided by Anthony Seratelli, who threw out Vance Albitz at the plate as he was trying to score from second base on Jackson's two-out single.
Romak, a former Chaser, hit a solo homer — his 21st — off Everett Teaford in the eighth.
Storm Tracking: Outfielder Justin Maxwell returned from the bereavement list and was in the starting lineup playing right field for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox. Kansas City cleared roster space by sending reliever Will Smith to Omaha.