Santiago Perez and Lyle Mouton homered in the seventh inning to break open a tight game Monday as the Indianapolis Indians beat the Memphis Redbirds, 8-3, in the opening game of the Triple-A World Series.
Game Two in the best-of-five series is scheduled for tonight at Cashman Field (tape delay at 11 p.m., ESPN2).
Holding a 4-3 lead entering the seventh, the Indians put together four consecutive hits, starting with a one-out, pinch-homer by Perez.
Marcos Scutaro and Paco Martin followed with singles, and Mouton homered off Dave Wainhouse, a drive off the light pole in left field.
Mouton, who had four RBIs, hit a run-scoring double in the sixth off loser Bud Smith to give the International League champions a 4-2 lead.
Winner Kane Davis allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Smith gave up four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Redbirds, who won the Pacific Coast League championship.
Scutaro spent most of this season with the Buffalo Bisons before being traded to the Milwaukee chain Aug. 30 as the player to be named later in the Brewers' six-player deal with Cleveland July 31. Davis also was with the Herd this season before getting dealt as part of that trade.