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A nine-run fourth inning and a six-hit performance by Alex Presley fueled the Fresno Grizzlies in a 14-1 win against the Oklahoma City Dodgers Monday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Presley finished the game 6-for-7, including three doubles and a three-run homer. He also tallied five RBI and scored three runs in the first six-hit game in Grizzlies' history.

Fresno (29-22) took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and scored a total of 13 unanswered runs to leave Oklahoma City with a split in the four-game series between the teams (2-2).

The 14 runs allowed by the Dodgers (34-16) were the most since a 14-8 loss against New Orleans April 14, 2014 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The 18 hits allowed by Oklahoma City tied a season high in front of a crowd of 4,651.

The Grizzlies took the lead in the first inning when L.J. Hoes drew a bases-loaded walk for a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers tied up the game in the bottom of the frame with what ended up being their lone run of the night. Darnell Sweeney led off with a single for Oklahoma City. He advanced to third with one out on a throwing error by Fresno pitcher Asher Wojciechowski on a pickoff attempt. Sweeney then scored on a RBI single by Andy Wilkins.

Fresno took the lead for good in the second inning when Alex Presley doubled on a line drive to center field for his first hit of the night to bring home Nolan Fontana for a 2-1 advantage.

A nine-run fourth inning by Fresno put the game out of reach.

Presley connected on another RBI double for a 3-1 lead. Two-run doubles from former Oklahoma City RedHawks Matt Duffy and Jon Singleton put Fresno in front, 7-1.

Nolan Fontana then hit a grand slam – his second homer of the season – to put Fresno ahead, 11-1.

The nine runs allowed in the inning by the Dodgers marked the most since a 12-3 loss Aug. 22, 2013 at Round Rock in which the Express scored 10 runs in the sixth inning.

Presley added a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the Grizzlies ahead, 14-1. He came up to bat a seventh time in the ninth inning with a chance to tie the PCL record for hits in a game, but flied out to center.

Former RedHawk Wojciechowski (4-0) pitched 8.0 innings for Fresno and earned the win. He allowed one run on five hits, issued one walk and struck out six.

Starting pitcher Eric Surkamp (0-2) took the loss for the Dodgers on the mound. The Dodgers used six different pitchers in the loss, including position players Elliot Johnson and Ralph Henriquez. The pitching staff allowed a season high 12 walks.

Monday marked the final meeting of the season between the cross-conference teams. With the series split, the Dodgers have still lost only one season series against the Grizzlies since the teams first started playing each other in 1998, and are 12-1-5 all-time against Fresno.

The Dodgers continue their eight-game homestand and open a four-game series against the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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