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Dodgers Shut Out In New Orleans

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The New Orleans Zephyrs broke open a tight game with four-run seventh inning, and three New Orleans pitchers combined to shutout the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-0, Tuesday night at Zephyr Field.

After not losing consecutive games through their first 29 contests, the Dodgers (22-10) have dropped three straight. They were shutout for the second time in the past three games and for the third time this season. Their streak of seven straight series-opening wins also came to a halt.

The Dodgers threatened to score in the first inning. Darnell Sweeney led off the game with a double. Two batters later, Corey Seager singled to center field. Sweeney tried to score on the play, but Isaac Galloway threw Sweeney out at the plate to prevent the Dodgers from taking the lead.

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning. With a runner at third and two outs, Miguel Rojas lined a single to right-center field to give New Orleans a 1-0 lead. The base hit extended Rojas' current hitting streak to 11 games.

The Zephyrs (16-14) added to their lead with four runs in the seventh inning. Austin Wates led off with a single, and Galloway followed with a triple off the wall in center field. Galloway finished 4-for-4 and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

With runners at the corners and no outs, Miguel Rojas sent a squeeze bunt to Dodgers first baseman O'Koyea Dickson. Dickson's throw home beat Galloway, but Galloway was able to avoid Austin Barnes' tag to make it 3-0.

OKC Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill came out to contest the call, eventually resulting in Berryhill getting ejected for arguing.

The Zephyrs proceeded to load the bases, and Cole Gillespie hit a two-run double to bring home the third and fourth runs of the inning. It marked the third time in the past three games a Dodgers opponent scored at least four runs in an inning.

New Orleans starting pitcher Justin Nicolino (3-0) held the Dodgers scoreless over six innings to pick up his third win of 2015. Nicolino scattered eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Over his last four starts at Zephyr Field, Nicolino has thrown 24 scoreless innings.

Zephyrs relievers Grant Dayton and Nick Wittgren retired nine of 10 batters over the final three innings to complete the shutout.

Although the Dodgers collected nine hits, only one went for extra bases. They put just two runners in scoring position throughout the game, with none reaching as far as second base after the third inning.

OKC Dodgers starting pitcher P.J. Walters delivered his second strong outing since joining the team, but ended up with a tough loss. Walters (0-1) allowed one run and six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.

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