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Dodgers Walk Off Against Grizzlies

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Brian Ward hit a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Oklahoma City Dodgers a 2-1 walk-off win against the Fresno Grizzlies Friday in front of a sellout crowd of 10,208 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The league-leading Dodgers (33-14) claimed their fifth walk-off win of the season as they returned home from an eight-game road trip to open an eight-game homestand.

Andy Wilkins led off the bottom of the ninth for Oklahoma City and hit a fly ball to left center field for a double. With one out, Fresno pitcher Jordan Jankowski intentionally walked Scott Schebler before Ward singled on a line drive to left field to bring home Wilkins for the win.

Three Dodgers pitchers combined to hold the visiting Grizzlies (27-21) to one run and two hits. They combined for nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk.

Starting pitcher Zach Lee tossed three scoreless innings and allowed one hit. Josh Ravin entered the game in the fourth inning and retired all nine batters he faced and struck out four. David Huff allowed one run and one hit and struck out three over 3.0 innings in the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Both teams remained scoreless through six innings.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Wilkins drew a one-out walk for the Dodgers and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Fresno pitcher Samuel Deduno, on a MLB rehab assignment from the Astros, intentionally walked Schebler with two outs.

With Ward up to bat, a wild pitch advanced Wilkins to third base and Schebler stole second base. Ward then drew a walk to load the bases for Darnell Sweeney.

Sweeney drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Wilkins for the first run of the night and a 1-0 Dodgers lead.

The Grizzlies, making their first appearance in Bricktown since 2012, tied up the game, 1-1, in the eighth inning on a solo homer by Matt Dominguez.

Jankowski (3-1) was pegged with the loss on the mound for Fresno.

Fresno is the current Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and brought many familiar faces back to Oklahoma City, which served as the Astros' Triple-A affiliate the past four seasons. Sixteen of the active players on the Grizzlies' roster, as well as manager Tony DeFrancesco, hitting coach Leon Roberts and developmental specialist Jeff Murphy, spent time with Oklahoma City in 2014.

The Dodgers continue their series against the Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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